School Talks about My Work for St. Jude and How Other Students Can Give Back!

Every year for the past few years, I’ve been reaching out to schools in the area to talk to students about my work for St. Jude and about how they can find ways to give back to causes that inspire them. These days, so many schools are having students do social justice or social impact projects, so my work fits right in.

Today I got to speak to two classes of 5th grade students at my old elementary school and also the entire 7th grade at a local middle school. All in all, I spoke to around 150 kids today, and about 25 adults as well. I LOVE sharing my story and talking about how kids can find their own causes and ways to contribute. The best parts are often the Q and A at the end. Today, one girl asked me what I will do when St. Jude finds a cure for cancer. I told her that even when there’s a cure, there will still be plenty of kids who need to be treated, and that costs a lot of money. My goal will be to support St. Jude in its treatment of childhood cancer FREE OF CHARGE and in its practice of sharing its finding with the world. I can’t wait till that day comes!

If you’re interested in hearing my story, you can reach out to my mom to schedule a school tour at allison@tjsgym.com.

And, of course, if you’d like to donate, you can do that HERE. It just takes a minute!

Thank you for your support!

~HOLLIS

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My Dad is Turning 50 and Of Course we did Some Birthday #jugglingforjude!

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My awesome dad is turning 50 next Monday, February 25, 2019! We are asking for donations to Juggling for Jude in his honor. Because my dad always says we need to work for donations, and he’s a hoops player, we decided to have me juggle the whole time it took for him to get 50 jumpers off the glass, alternating sides. Believe it or not, we nailed it on the first try! You can watch it all in the video below.

In return for this effort, we are asking for donations. You can do multiples of $5 or $50 to honor my dad’s special birthday. Just go HERE to donate. As always, your money goes directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support their lifesaving work in the fight against childhood cancer.

Thank you!!!! ⚽️🏀🙏

~Hollis

 

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I Love Talking about my Work for St. Jude!

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Yesterday was my first “speech” about St. Jude of 2019. Every January, I talk to competitors at a fitness competition for Masters athletes called NorCal Masters. Many of the athletes have known about Juggling for Jude since I started, and they support my cause year after year. It’s always great to see them and talk with them about all of the new and exciting work going on at St. Jude, and of course to thank them in person for their donations and support.

I can’t wait for my next event and will be doing lots of juggling lessons and other great stuff in the mean time!

If you’d like to support my mission to help kids with cancer, please go HERE to donate. If you’d like to inquire about me coming to speak to a group about finding ways to give back and about my work for St. Jude, please email my mom at allison@tjsgym.com.

Thank you!

~Hollis

BIG NEWS PLUS VOTES NEEDED TO HELP ST. JUDE!

$300,000 (1).png I am SOOOO excited to announce that today, on Giving Tuesday, I passed my 2018 goal of $300,000! Thank you so much to everyone for your support and donations!!!!! I am so grateful! I will continue to juggle and speak and do everything I can to support St. Jude, until no child gets cancer. I hope you will be there every juggle of the way!

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ONE MORE THING!

PLEASE VOTE FOR #MyGivingStory and help me win $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! You can vote every day until December 7th. Please share! The essay is taken from speeches I have done, and it tells my story of why I have chosen to spend so much of my childhood raising money for St. Jude and #ChildhoodCancer. Thank you for your support! I’m late to this contest, so I have a lot of votes to make up! Please share with family and friends and anyone who might want to help kids with cancer!

YOU CAN VOTE ONCE PER EMAIL, PER DAY, THROUGH DECEMBER 7th! 

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Thank you so much!

~Hollis

 

GIVING THANKS!

This is the THANKSGIVING NEWSLETTER I sent to my donors this morning. Thank you for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

       

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means Giving Tuesday is right around the corner. This time of year is all about being grateful for what we have and giving back to others in need. As you probably know, there are some really bad fires happening in California. Where I live, the air has been horrible from the smoke, and school was actually cancelled for today. My family and I will be helping families affected by the fires, and I’m sure many of you will support them, as well, as they fight through this very difficult time.

There are so many causes to support, and my goal is to always highlight St. Jude, because I think what they are doing is so important. With so much crazy stuff going on in our world today, one thing we can all agree on is that kids shouldn’t get cancer! 

$300,000 IS IN REACH! Thanks to donations from people like you, as well as a very generous corporate donation from In Shape Health Clubs, we have almost reached the $300,000 mark, which is my goal for 2018! Yesterday, my mom and I drove to pick up a $50,000 check from In Shape. There was a lot of traffic, so it took more than two hours to get there, but it was for sure worth the trip! I am so grateful for the support of In Shape, and one of my goals is to partner with other corporations in their annual giving, so let me know if you have any leads!


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So, now there’s just over $3,000 to go till $300,000! I hope you will help me reach that milestone with a DONATIONof any amount. Every bit adds up!

Why St. Jude: For families experiencing the diagnosis of childhood cancer, every day is a fight. You’ve heard it before, but St. Jude is the worldwide leader in the treatment and research of childhood cancer, and St. Jude patients and their families don’t pay a single penny for their treatment, travel, housing, or food. St. Jude offers hope in the darkest times, and they are increasing childhood cancer survival rates every day.

PATIENT STORY:This is a story of Woods, from the St. Jude website:

Last September, Woods complained of headaches, ran a fever and threw up in the mornings after he woke. His parents, Ashley and Henry, worried something was wrong. 

Just before Woods’ fourth birthday, their fears were confirmed when a CT scan revealed Woods had a type of cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma. Ashley and Henry were familiar with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and asked for a referral. “We wanted to be where doctors saw hundreds of these types of cases,” Henry said. Within days, the family arrived at St. Jude. 

At St. Jude, Woods underwent surgery to remove the tumor, followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy, which he completed in May 2018. His family celebrated the end of his treatment with a No More Chemo party, attended by family, friends and Woods’ St. Jude care team.  

How to Help: When you DONATE, your money goes directly to treatment for kids like Woods, and sometimes even a No More Chemo Party, because St. Jude recognizes that celebrations like that are part of the overall treatment. It’s all about hope and happiness!

Give the Gift of a Soccer Ball this Holiday Season! Sales of Juggling for Jude Soccer Ball support St. Jude! To order a ball to be shipped to you or to send one as a gift, click HERE. If you’re in Marin, you can also email me my mom (allison@tjsgym.com) and she can arrange to get you a ball in person.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT and help getting to my next goal! Pease feel free to donateany time at THIS LINK and share this email and my story with anyone you think might want to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude. Together, we can rid the world of childhood cancer!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

~Hollis

BIG Thanks to In Shape Health Clubs for a $50,000 Donation!

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I am so grateful that In Shape Health Clubs decided to support St. Jude again this year, in their month-long FIGHT CANCER campaign in October. This year, they raised $153,000 total and donated $50,000 of that to St. Jude! I am so honored that In Shape was inspired by my work for St. Jude and chose to give so much. It’s a pretty amazing effort by their entire community!

Today I got to collect the funds for St. Jude and took this photo with a number of In Shape staff members who worked so hard to raise the money.  It took me and my mom two hours to get to In Shape, but it was SOOOOOO worth it!

I am now about $3,000 short of reaching this year’s goal of $300,000 for St. Jude. It’s almost Giving Tuesday, so I’m hopeful that I’ll get there soon! If you’d like to help kids with cancer, please consider donating at the link HERE. It only takes a minute, and every penny goes straight to St. Jude!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

~Hollis

My First School Speech of the Season!

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I had such a great time speaking to the 700 students at San Jose Middle School in Novato last week! I shared my story about Juggling for Jude and talked about how they can help. Their leadership students invited me to visit the school and have decided to set up a school-wide fundraiser to support my work for St. Jude! They are going to raise money over the next month and will then have me back to present a check for St. Jude. I am so grateful, and can’t wait to hear how it goes. They were an amazing audience, and I think they will do a great job with their fundraising!

I love speaking at schools and inspiring other students to give back!

If you want to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude, please DONATE any time!

Thank you so much,

~Hollis

The St. Jude Miracles on the Bay Gala was AMAZING!

 

I had such a special night as the honoree at the Northern California gala for St. Jude! I absolutely love speaking about my mission with Juggling for Jude and my partnership with St. Jude, the worldwide leader in childhood cancer treatment and research. If you’re interested in hearing more about my story and about St. Jude, you can listen to my speech here. The video starts off shaky but gets better after the first minute!

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The goal for the gala was to raise $400,000 for St. Jude. I’m not sure yet if they reached that, but I do know it was at least close! I can’t wait for the next gala, already. Every time I attend a St. Jude event, I become more determined to juggle, to raise awareness, and to help them KICK CHILDHOOD CANCER, FOREVER!

If you would like to support my mission to help kids with cancer through the lifesaving work at St. Jude, you can DONATE HERE.

Thank you so much for your support!

~Hollis

You can bid on this US Soccer Women’s National Team jersey signed by some of the biggest names in Women’s Soccer!

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The USWNT is going into the qualifying round for the 2019 World Cup this week, and I am so excited that US Soccer gave me an official jersey signed by the roster from a game back in June, so it can be part of the auction for this Friday’s Miracles on the Bay Gala benefitting St. Jude. I am this year’s gala honoree, which is amazing, and I know the Jersey will be a big hit at the live auction!

Here are the players who signed the jersey—so exciting!!!!!

Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Allie Long, Amy Rodriguez, Alyssa Naeher, Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Samantha Mewis, McCall Zerboni, Savannah McCaskill, Sofia Huerta, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Smith, Morgan Brian, Merritt Mathias.

It’s even more exciting that you don’t have to attend the gala to bid on this amazing prize! You can just go to the link HERE and make a bid! Of course all of the money will go to St. Jude, so it’s a win-win! Please share with anyone who is a soccer fan and might want to bid on the jersey!

Go USA!!!!

Thanks so much for your support!

~Hollis

A Broken Foot means Juggling for St. Jude with some Help from Some Special Friends!

The bad news: I broke a bone in my foot and can’t juggle for awhile. The doctor says it’s a wear-and-tear injury from lots of dance and soccer. I’m in a big boot for at least six weeks, so I can’t juggle right now. BUT, there is great news, and that is that there are lots of people who will donate anyway!

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One big way people can help is by doing what a very special family to me is doing. That family is the family of CJ, a 4-year-old, soccer-loving boy who is cancer-free now, thanks to the lifesaving work at St. Jude! They have been following Juggling for Jude for awhile now, and we check in with them by texting when CJ goes back for appointments. They heard about my broken foot and wanted to help me with the Juggling for St. Jude cause! Check out this awesome video they made about how anyone can help by participating in the Juggling for Jude Challenge. Just take a minute to watch how you or someone you know can do a quick juggle and give a donation. This will help me raise money through the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! YAY!!!! And please keep CJ in your thoughts as he continues to fight to stay cancer-free!

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I even tried to juggle with my left foot. I got 5, so it’s a start! 🙂

You can donate any time HERE. And don’t forget, you can also purchase a Juggling for St. Jude soccer ball, and 100% of profits will go to St. Jude!

Thank you so much for your support!

~Hollis (and my new puppy, Van!)