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Community Builder: Midlands man volunteers hundreds of hours helping children


It takes a special kind of person to volunteer hundreds of hours for the sake of helping others.

You wouldn't be lying if you called Daniel Hennigan a people person and three years ago, he turned his focus to the people who capture his heart the most, kids.

"The ride for kids is so important because these children are really looking for just an opportunity to have a better quality of life,” Hennigan said.

Hennigan's love for those children grew into Hundreds of motorcycle riders from all over the state taking part in the annual "Ride For Kids". They hit the road to raise money for cancer research.

"Many of the children are terminal and we're trying to raise money so we can improve the research so we can eradicate this brain tumor," Hennigan said.

Most of the money raised goes to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. Those efforts are just a portion of what people say he does for the community.

"Dan is very passionate about everything that Dan does. Sallie Clamp, who nominated Hennigan for Community Builder said. “He works on a lot of different causes and we work on a lot of them with him but that's just a small part of the things that he does. He does a lot for the veterans, with the children for the ride for kids, anything. If there's a need, you know somebody needs something done, Dan is there.”

Hennigan spends hours upon hours volunteering. He even played a major role in the development of the 9/11 memorial in downtown Columbia.

But the Ride For Kids, in particular, holds a special place in his heart.

"It means an awful lot to me because I also have a son that's a pilot and just was grounded here a year and a half ago because they found a tumor wrapped around his optic nerve and so he's grounded now so it's personal," Hennigan said.

And because of all he's done, he was nominated and surprised with a hard hat as our latest Community Builder.

As a Community Builder, Hennigan will receive one thousand dollars to the charity of his choice from the Michael J. Mungo Foundation.

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