THE GLOBAL JUGGLING FOR JUDE CHALLENGE STARTS JUNE 1st!

I’m so excited to launch the GLOBAL JUGGLING FOR JUDE CHALLENGE using soccer juggling to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the global leader in childhood cancer treatment and research.

Please stay tuned to my social media channels to see my juggling videos and to hear about all of the amazing people I’ll be challenging to participate.

Here’s how it works:

  • STEP ONE: Record a video of yourself juggling for one minute. If you drop the ball, just pick it up and start over. 
  • STEP TWO: Record a video explaining why you’re juggling and challenging/tagging 10 friends, family, acquaintances. You can say something like this:

“Hey everyone. Today I’m donating $10 and using my soccer skills to take the #JugglingForJude Challenge to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. #ChildhoodCancer doesn’t shelter in place. @stjude needs our support more than ever! The goal is to get as many touches as possible in one minute while helping St. Jude fight childhood cancer. The challenge was started by Hollis Belger, now 15, when she was 9 years old. Her goal is to raise one million dollars for kids with cancer. Swipe to see my video. I got XXXX juggles and I challenge XXXX (x10 or more people) to join me and help Hollis. Everyone can participate, so don’t wait around to get tagged! Grab a ball, get juggling, and DONATE!

THAT’S IT! Just think how much we can help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer, one juggle at a time!

HASHTAGS:

#ForStJude, #JugglingforJude, #JugglingforStJude, #KickCancer

Please be sure to tag me in your videos! Let’s do this!

On behalf of kids with cancer everywhere, THANK YOU!

~Hollis

Big Announcement, JJ Watt Donated, and my St. Jude Story was on the News Again!

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Today was a BIG day for Juggling for Jude!

I announced that on Monday, June 1st, I’ll be launching the official #JugglingforJudeChallenge! I’ll be juggling for one minute, donating $10 right here on my website, and then tagging some professional athletes to help me kick off the challenge, tag their friends and family and teammates, and hopefully it will take off from there! My goal for this challenge is to get to the $1 Million mark for St. Jude! If we can get enough people doing it, I truly think this is possible! Please join me on social media on June 1st and join in the juggling and the donating and the fun! Stay tuned for more on that!

JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai Watt heard about the challenge and sent in a super generous donation to St. Jude on my behalf and also sent me a really nice note. It doesn’t get much better than having two amazing athletes and role models in philanthropy donate to your cause!

Then, tonight, I was on KRON4 TV News, with one of my favorite reporters, Kate Rooney, who covered my story back when I first started at age 9. I’m so grateful for her help in spreading the word about the Challenge and about my virtual juggling lessons! You can watch the story here:

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As always, if you would like to DONATE to St. Jude, you can do that HERE.

Thank you for your support, and keep your eyes out for the Juggling for Jude Challenge launch on June 1st!

~Hollis

Virtual Soccer Juggling Lessons have been a Big Success and were even Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle!

Since sheltering in place, I’ve moved my soccer juggling lessons online and have had a great time helping people develop their skills while also raising money for St. Jude! I’ve had clients ranging in age from 10-40-something and have raised more than $400 this way so far! Please reach out if you would like to schedule a lesson. You can email my mom at allison@tjsgym.com to set it up.

You can read a story about my lessons in the San Francisco Chronicle HERE!

And if you just want to donate, you can do that HERE!

Thanks so much for your support,

~Hollis

One of My Heroes Quoted Me!

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Rick Shadyac is the CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude, and he is in one of my heroes because of his lifelong dedication to curing childhood cancer. In his message to St. Jude supporters today, he told my story and quoted me as saying that “Cancer doesn’t shelter in place.” I have been really worried about how St. Jude is going to meet its fundraising needs during the pandemic. Mr. Shadyac’s article shows some important numbers, and I hope you will consider donating to help the needs of the hospital! You can do that HERE. Every dollar helps the kids at St. Jude and kids with cancer around the world!

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Thank you for your support!

~HOLLIS

 

Helping St. Jude During Shelter in Place

Hi Everyone!

I hope you and your family are staying HEALTHY and positive during this crazy time of sheltering in place. I’m doing as well as possible but missing my friends and teachers and normal activities. And of course, I’m worried about the kids at St. Jude and around the world who are fighting cancer and now have another thing to worry about. You can read my recent blog HERE with my reflections on sheltering place and how kids with cancer have their lives interrupted in even bigger ways.

As you probably know, cancer patients have compromised immune systems, making them more susceptible to viruses like COVID-19. This is a really scary time for them and their families, and the people at St. Jude are doing everything they can to keep pediatric cancer patients safe. As always, 100% of the care being provided is free of charge, thanks to donors like you.

I know that many people have been hit financially and are not in a position to give money right now, but here are some ways I’m trying to help keep donations coming in and help St. Jude during this crisis.

1. CASH JAR FOR ST. JUDE 
I’m lucky to have a job as a dance teacher at my dance studio. I’m teaching online classes right now, and I’m putting $1 per day in a jar. At the end of the shelter-in-place, I will donate it to St. Jude. I encourage you to create a cash jar and put money in it that would normally be spent on coffee at Starbucks or going to a movie theater or other activities you can’t do right now. At the end of the shelter-in-place, that money can be donated to St. Jude HERE.

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2. ONLINE JUGGLING LESSONS:
I’m available to help kids under age 12 learn to soccer juggle. Young soccer players have plenty of down time these days, so why not work on juggling? I’m offering 20-minute lessons for $20 donations on my website. Message me on Instagram (Juggling_for_Jude) or Facebook (Juggling for Jude).

3. WRITING NOTES TO WORKERS AT ST. JUDE:
We all know that healthcare workers are working overtime right now, and that is true for everyone at St. Jude. I’ll be sending notes to cheer them up and hopefully bring a smile to their faces.

Although this is a really hard time for everyone, I’m doing my best to keep looking forward and think of the kids at St. Jude, whose lives are far more affected than my own.

Thank you for your support, and stay well!

~Hollis

Some Thoughts on the Corona Virus from Juggling for Jude

I made this video back in August of 2014 when I was 9. It’s 23 seconds of me explaining why I was doing Juggling for Jude, and it talks about kids with cancer missing out on exactly the kinds of things we are all missing out on right now. 

During this crazy time of being quarantined in my house, having online school, unable to do the activities I love or to see my friends, I’ve been thinking a lot. Last night, the power went out in our house, and it felt like a little much. My sister, mom, and I were up together (it was late, around 11pm), and we were talking about how thankful we will be when the power goes back on and how thankful we will be when life returns to normal. That made me think even more. Obviously, now is not the time to ask people to donate to charity. Understandably, people are focusing on their own well-being, and many people are out of work. My parents own a small business that has been shut down, and I know how stressful things are in my own home.

We have all had our normal lives taken from us. We can’t go to work, see friends or family, travel, play sports, or do almost any of things we love to do. I’ve been so sad at times and actually miss going to school and wish I could! What I realized last night is that, for some people, all of this happens every day, and has been happening for years. People’s lives have stopped. For them, this isn’t the first time.

When children get diagnosed with cancer, their lives as they know them stop completely. They go to a hospital, they can’t see their friends or go to school or play sports. Just like students around the country being ripped off of college campuses right now, or like my sister who is a high school senior finding out that all of her final performances for the year are cancelled and that she won’t have a prom or possibly even a graduation. When kids and teens get diagnosed with cancer, everything changes. They aren’t just quarantined. They’re also fighting for their lives and some have to pay loads of money for treatment. They are more stressed and scared than any person should be. Their whole lives are taken from them. This happens to the kids at St. Jude. Thankfully, St. Jude takes away the financial concerns and tries their best to incorporate some of the normalcy in kids’ lives at the hospital. They have a school program, they are able to see their families, they have activities, but it isn’t the same.

After this scary and unpredictable time in our lives is all over, and I know it will be, let’s try to be grateful for all that we have and all that we get to do.

If you come out the other side in a position to help, please keep in mind the people who have to go through this for years and years, praying that they will live.

Stay healthy, Everyone, and thanks for reading this!

~Hollis

St. Jude Founders Day in San Francisco!

Yesterday, February 4th, was St. Jude Founders Day, celebrating the day when Danny Thomas opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since then, the survival rate for childhood cancers in the US has gone from 20% to 80%, and for pediatric leukemia from 4% to 94%. It’s truly amazing!

I got to spend the night with some of St. Jude’s leaders at an event in San Francisco. Rick Shadyac, the CEO of ALSAC, St. Jude’s fundraising arm, came to speak. He is like a celebrity to me. I met him back when I was 12 and won an award at St. Jude. Last night, he was so nice to give me a special shout out at the beginning of his talk. It was great! My mom caught it on video, which you can watch by clicking the photo.

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Mr. Shadyac’s speech was super inspiring, and I learned more about how St. Jude’s mission is to treat kids with cancer around the world, no matter their economic situation or racial or religious background. This is consistent with Danny Thomas’s mission from when he started the hospital in Memphis, a city he chose because it was segregated and he wanted to make sure that ALL kids with cancer were treated free of charge.

I also got to hear about some of the incredible medical advances and research methods being used at St. Jude, told by Dr. Beth Stewart. She is an amazing person who researches solid tumors, treats patients at St. Jude, and runs thousands of miles raising money for the hospital. Plus, she was just so, so nice and told me that she can do the work she wants to do because I’m doing the work I’ve chosen to do. AMAZING!

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I also got to catch up with one of my biggest donors, Steve, shown below. He is just the nicest person and so dedicated to helping me help St. Jude. Screen Shot 2020-02-05 at 10.01.49 PM.png

Big thanks to the St. Jude San Francisco office for putting on this special event. I loved it and made some connections that will hopefully lead to some fun projects that will bring in money for kids with cancer everywhere!

If you’d like to support the lifesaving work of doctors like Beth Stewart, please head over to my donation page HERE.

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

 

It’s Official! More than $400,000 Raised!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

2020 is starting out pretty well, and I’m excited to report that I am now on the road to $500,000 to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude! Huge thank you’s go out to all of my donors over the years for helping me pass this exciting milestone! I can’t wait to be able to say that we’ve raised a half a million dollars to help the fight against pediatric cancer!Screen Shot 2020-01-09 at 7.32.10 PM.png

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The first photo above is of little Riku with his mom during his treatment for brain cancer at St. Jude. The second photo was taken just months later, when I was lucky enough to meet Riku at the St. Jude Walk in San Francisco in September. THIS IS WHY I JUGGLE AND SPREAD AWARENESS. This is what donations do–it all saves lives like Riku and lets parents like his mom not have to worry about finances!

Here’s to a year of HEALTH for the kids at St. Jude and around the world who are fighting childhood cancer! I can’t wait for all I have planned this year to help make a difference and to show other young people that we can ALL find a way to give back!

Please go HERE if you would like donate to St. Jude and help save other kids like Riku.

THANK YOU for your support!

~Hollis

 

In Shape Health Clubs Donated $50,000!

 

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This is the third year in a row that In Shape Health Clubs has contributed to my fundraiser for St. Jude! I am so grateful, because this year, through their #InShapeFightsCancer campaign, they raised $50,000 to give to St. Jude through Juggling for Jude. This gift will go a long way in supporting kids with cancer!

Pictured with me above is Kris Mulkey, who is in marketing at In Shape and was the one who introduced Juggling for Jude to her awesome company.

I am so grateful for Kris and everyone at In Shape for thinking of kids with cancer again this year!

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation for 2019 to St. Jude, you can do that HERE. It just takes a minute!

Happy Holidays, and thank you!

~Hollis