Tricks for Kids at St. Jude!

img_6193-2.jpgRecently, I decided to add to my soccer juggling repertoire and start learning some tricks to help get attention for the St. Jude cause. I probably should have done this a long time ago, but the good news is that I’m learning quickly, since I have a pretty solid base of skill at this point. I’ve asked people on social media to challenge me to learn a new trick, in exchange for donations. Fun, right? If you’re interested in helping my cause and want to challenge me to learn a new trick, please comment on my Facebook or Instagram and let me know! Even small donations are welcomed! Every dollar helps fight childhood cancer!

Here are some links to some of the tricks I’ve done so far. Remember, I’m just starting to learn, so keep your expectations low! 🙂

And don’t forget, donating to St. Jude to help save the life of a child with cancer takes less than a minute. Just CLICK HERE.

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

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Taking the Juggling for St. Jude on the Road!

I have been so lucky to be able to take some trips this Summer, and, of course, I’ve been taking my soccer ball and the kids of St. Jude along with me everywhere I go! From Yosemite, to Stinson Beach, to New York, I’ve juggled in some pretty beautiful and recognizable places! It’s not always easy to bring my ball and juggle, but it’s always worth it! Here are some photos of some of my recent juggling adventures.

YOSEMITE:

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STINSON BEACH

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NEW YORK CITY (TIMES SQUARE)

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SCARSDALE, NEW YORK

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If you would like to see some of my recent juggling, I’ve posted some time-lapse videos on social media.

If you would like to DONATE to help save kids with cancer, please CLICK HERE. You can also help by sharing my story and this website with your friends and family!

Thank you so much for your support!

~Hollis

Another GREAT July 4th Parade Spreading the Word about Juggling for Jude!

This was my fourth time juggling through the streets of my town in the July 4th parade. It is always a lot of work but also so much fun! Thanks to everyone on the parade route who cheered for our float and came out to celebrate the holiday. One of these years I’ll count how many juggles I do during the parade, but it’s many thousands, for sure! 🙂

I couldn’t have done it without my amazing crew of girls who walked alongside me and handed out flyers telling spectators about my mission to help kids with cancer at St. Jude.

If you’d like to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude, you can DONATE here.

Thank you so much!

~Hollis

I GOT A NEW JUGGLING RECORD!!!!!

new record image.JPGWhen I first started Juggling for St. Jude at age nine, I got a lot of new records. As I got better and better at juggling, the records didn’t come as often, and sometimes I would get frustrated by that. At a certain point, I realized that I couldn’t get new records all the time, and that I also had to protect my body and not try for records every time I juggled. For the past two summers, I made a goal of getting one new record each year. My goal for this summer was 2,500.

TODAY I GOT 3,215 CONSECUTIVE SOCCER JUGGLES, LEFT/RIGHT FEET!

It took 34 minutes, 22 seconds and a lot of hard work and focus. I was shaking for the last few minutes, my shoes had both come untied, and there was a bee circling around me. But, I thought about the kids at St. Jude and about how juggling records often get attention, and how attention gets donations and how donations help save lives of kids with cancer at St. Jude. So I kept going until I reached 3,000 and then kept going a little more. You can watch video proof below. Soccer critics might think that my technique isn’t the best, but I like to walk around and let my thoughts stay with the kids at St. Jude. 🙂

The thing is, kids with cancer face MUCH HARDER battles every single day, so I thought of them and juggled on, and on, and on, until I finally decided to stop.

It would be so great if people respond to this new record with donations, maybe $32.15 or $320.15 or any amount, really! Every dollar helps save a life through the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

YOU CAN DONATE HERE!

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

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OFFICIAL JUGGLING FOR JUDE SUMMER 2018 LAUNCH!

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Yesterday was my first official juggle of my 5th summer of Juggling for St. Jude! Here’s a newsletter I sent out to my donors and supporters. It’s already generated some crazy generous donations! Maybe you’ll be next! Thanks for the support as I strive to reach $300,000 for the kids with cancer!

~Hollis

Juggling for Jude Summer 2018 Launch

Hi Generous donors, friends, family, and supporters!

I can’t believe it, but today I officially did my first juggle for St. Jude for this summer! It’s my 5th summer of soccer juggling my way to helping kids with cancer, and I hope you’ll continue to be part of my journey! Below are a few highlights of things I’ve been up to since my last email and some updates on the amazing St. Jude. I’ll make it brief and quick, because I know you’re busy, and basically the most important thing to know is that kids with cancer need our help, and St. Jude is leading the way in pediatric cancer AROUND THE GLOBE. I hope you’ll consider a donation, however big or small. As always, you can do that by clicking here, and it just takes a few seconds to change the life of a child with cancer!

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY JOURNEY SINCE LAST SUMMER:
September, 2017
*Turned 13 and raised a few thousand in my quest for donations in multiples of 13

*Juggled at the Have a Ball Golf Tournament for donations

*Interviewed Buster Posey about his work for childhood cancer.

October, 2017
*Got a $30,000 check from In-Shape Health Clubs! My biggest donation ever!

November, 2017
*Partnered with Pottery Barn Teen in promoting products whose sales benefitted St. Jude.

December, 2017
*Toy drive for the kids at St. Jude with Stars Agency sent hundreds of toys for the holidays.

January, 2018
*Spoke at the NorCal Masters fitness event and raised approximately $5000 for St. Jude from the athletes!

February, 2018
*Won the US Soccer “SheBelieves Hero Award” and got to meet the US Women’s National Soccer Team and help spread the word about St. Jude.

March, 2018
*Filmed a 60Second Docs on Juggling for Jude!

April, 2018
Kicked off my annual school speech tour, talking at my first elementary school of the season

May, 2018
*Filmed a piece for the international news organization, BBC, which has not yet been published.

*More school speeches led to big donations!

*June, 2018
*Graduated from Middle School!!!!!!! Gave a speech at graduation ceremony about how we can all make the world a better place. If you have 4.5 minutes to spare and want to hear my message, you can click on the photo below. Speaking to my peers at school was challenging for me, but the message was too important not to share!

Look at what my grandparents gave me as a graduation gift! They donated to St. Jude and “bought” a brick honoring Juggling for Jude and all of YOU who have supported my journey! I can’t wait till next trip to St. Jude so I can see it in person!

HERE ARE SOME EXCITING NEW REASONS to DONATE:

*St. Jude was recently named the World Health Organization’s first collaborating centre for childhood cancer! “With the designation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will support efforts to improve detection and treatment of childhood cancer around the globe.”

*St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Furthermore, St. Jude staff published 860 articles in academic journals in 2016; St. Jude researchers are published and cited more often in high impact publications than any other private pediatric oncology institution in America.

*While cancer survival rates in the U.S. have risen over the past few decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer live in low- and middle-income countries, often in areas without access to adequate medical care. Most will die from their diseases—and more children will die without ever receiving a proper diagnosis.

*St. Jude is committed to transforming the future for all children battling cancer. To reach this goal, St. Jude has 24 official partner sites in 17 developing countries. Users from 192 countries have accessed Cure4Kids.org, a free, Internet-based distance learning initiative. In addition, St. Jude trains thousands of medical professionals around the world through consultations and faculty visits to St. Jude

*UCSF and St. Jude are conducting an exciting Phase 1/2 trial for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID), also known as “bubble boy disease.” The trial, led by St. Jude’s Dr. Brian Sorrentino, uses gene therapy to give children a healthy new immune system. UC San Francisco doctors are optimizing low doses of chemotherapy for each patient to minimize any long-term effects. The first children treated in this trial have shown promising improvements.

*St. Jude is the coordinating center of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Study—a long-term follow up study of pediatric cancer survivors, conducted jointly by 30 U.S. and Canadian institutions, including Stanford University School of Medicine and UCSF.

*St. Jude is the coordinating center of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and UCSF participate in this collaborative group that works to speed clinical trials from laboratories to patients.

*St. Jude is the headquarters of the Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma Consortium, a multi-center effort to develop novel treatment strategies for children with Hodgkin lymphoma. The consortium is led by St. Jude and includes Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, as well as three top medical centers in New England.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!
None of my juggling or efforts to raise awareness would mean anything if people like YOU didn’t respond. Thank you SO MUCH for supporting Juggling for Jude! Thank you for your donations this summer, and of course, please SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY who might also want to donate. Don’t forget, I give soccer lessons in exchange for donations! Local families can contact me through my mom at allison@tjsgym.com.
And remember, it’s all FOR THE KIDS!

THANK YOU!!!!!
LOVE, HOLLIS

 

 

Getting Ready for my FIFTH summer of JUGGLING FOR JUDE!

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It’s been a great school year, and I have loved speaking at so many schools this Spring, inspiring kids to find ways to give back. One of the school communities donated $1000 to St. Jude, and then the third graders there ran a bake sale for St. Jude which raised $700.90 more! How awesome is that?!

It was especially fun to go back to my own elementary school to speak, and I got to meet some kids who have been affected by cancer in their own lives. The kids were great listeners, had thoughtful questions, and shared some creative ways they might be able to give back in the future. This is what it’s all about!

I am so excited to be juggling every day and continuing to raise money to help kids with cancer by supporting the lifesaving work at St. Jude! If you would like to help me with that mission, please DONATE HERE. It takes one minute and could save a life!

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

Speaking to Young People Inspires me to do MORE!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance to speak at a number of schools, which has been great! Each time I share my Juggling for Jude story and talk about how other kids can find a way to give back, I get inspired to do more work, myself. Seeing the excitement in other kids and hearing from parents and teachers about how inspiring they think I am, makes me want to do even more for the kids at St. Jude.

Public speaking can be difficult and even scary for some people, but I LOVE it! It feels great to spread such important information about the lifesaving work at St. Jude and to encourage others to give back. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that sometimes people who hear me get inspired enough to make a donation to St. Jude! That happened a couple of times last week, and it made me so happy!

If you’re inspired to DONATE, just click HERE.

Thank you for your support,

Hollis

Big Thanks to 60 Second Docs and Red Bull/NeymarJrs Five for Sharing the Juggling for Jude Story!

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I am so honored to be the final story in a series of five stories about women (and a girl!) making things happen in the world of soccer! The series is called Playing for Change, and it was put out by Red Bull and NeymarJrs Five, with mini documentaries produced by 60 Second Docs. Here are links to my story on Instagram and on YouTube.

As always, if you’re inspired by my efforts and would like to donate to help cure kids with cancer, please CLICK HERE. It takes less than a minute to help save the life of a child with cancer!

Thank you!

~Hollis

Thanks to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls for Sharing My Story!

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I am so honored to be on the Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website! Stories there have inspired me in the past, and now I’m hoping that my story might inspire someone else! You can read my interview on the site HERE.

As always, the best part of getting publicity is getting more people to know about Juggling for Jude so they might be inspired to donate. Maybe you will be inspired by this interview and will DONATE today.

Thanks for your support!
~Hollis

Being the US Soccer SheBelieves Hero was a Highlight of a Lifetime!

WOW! I had such an amazing weekend in New Jersey with the US Women’s National Team at the SheBelieves Cup, and US Soccer made me feel like a real hero! If you don’t look at anything else, be sure to at least check out the halftime story US Soccer did about me. Click on the photo below for the link.

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There were so many amazing moments, that it’s hard to share them all. In my previous blog post, I shared some photos from the team’s training session on Saturday. Here are some highlights of Sunday’s GAME DAY:

I got a VIP tour of Red Bull Arena and helped the USWNT equipment team put player uniforms and cleats in their lockers! So cool!

I was reunited with Julie Foudy in the Press box before the game. I’ve spoken at her Sports Leadership Academy a couple of times, and she is just the best! I also got a preview of the halftime story US Soccer put together about me and Juggling for Jude, which aired on ESPN2.  You can see the full story HERE.

I also got to meet the USA Hockey Women’s Olympic Championship team, who was at the game to be honored at halftime! They let me hold their gold medal and juggled with me on the sidelines before the game. It was AMAZING!!!! They were all SO nice!

I got to say hi to Sophie, the 9-year-old girl who nominated me for the SheBelieves Hero Award and also flew to NJ from CA to come to the game! And I met Danielle, last year’s SheBelieves Hero–super cool!

I got to do the coin toss with Alex Morgan, which was amazing and my seats watching the game were RIGHT next to the players’ bench.

After the game, I went to the Press Conference with Coach Ellis. That’s my USA beanie in the back. 😜

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And I also met Julie Ertz, who was super nice and signed my jersey and chatted with me, even though she was bummed because she’s injured so couldn’t play in the match. She was awesome and is so inspiring!

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Sadly, the day came to an end, but I was escorted by our amazing US Soccer host, Elizabeth Sanchez out to a car with USA HERO on it and a super nice driver named Demitri. I don’t really consider myself a USA Hero, because that’s really more about real heroes who fight for our country, but I am so honored that US Soccer acknowledged my work for kids with cancer with this amazing trip! It was filled with memories that will last a lifetime!

But the best part of all was that my Dad and my grandparents came, even though it was just me and my mom who got the VIP access! It was so great having them there at the game to watch me toss the coin and see me on the big screen! I couldn’t have done any of this without them!

Oh, one more media story on my journey last week came from KPIX-TV San Francisco. You can check it out by clicking on the photo.

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Now that I’m back home, it’s time to focus again on the work for kids with cancer, through my support of the lifesaving mission at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The juggling, fundraising, and speaking continues! If you would like to make a DONATION in honor of my award, I would be so grateful. Every dollar truly helps save a life of a child with cancer. Thank you so much for reading my story and for your support! I am doing what I’m doing because of so many generous people!

~Hollis