Dan Herlihy '16 is a junior in the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Cybersecurity.
Herlihy recently was named technology director for THON, the world's largest student-run philanthropy that for more than 40 years has raised money for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital to help defeat childhood cancer. Herlihy is director for the 2020 Campaign that will culminate in February.
THON is a yearlong effort with multiple events, culminating in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon with over 700 students. In the final four hours of that February weekend, family speakers tell of their experiences with THON.
In total, there are 16,500 students involved in THON, and each year they dedicate about 5 million hours to the philanthropy.
"For THON 2019, we raised $10,621,683.76," Herlihy said.
We recently asked Herlihy what it means personally to be involved with this.
"THON has completely shaped my college experience in a number of ways. Primarily, it has given me an amazing outlet to contribute my time, efforts, and talents to something greater than myself. I'm able to use my skills to have a tangible impact on thousands of people's lives.
"I have had the incredible privilege to build relationships with families that THON helps, and I have seen the huge impact that THON has on their lives. On family visits and trips, I saw the kids' faces light up when they saw us, and I saw the joy that THON weekend brings. Throughout the year, we receive letters, videos, and updates from our families. All the families I meet through THON inspire me to do more every day for this cause."
For more from Herlihy, go to https://www.xavierhighschool.org/alumni-giving/alumni-newsletters