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

I had such a special night at 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

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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!)

 

Some Pretty Exciting Stuff for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and as part of my honor of being the US Soccer Women’s National team’s SheBelieves Hero for 2018, I was invited to a team training and their last friendly game before World Cup Qualifiers start in October. I had such a great time! I even got to take over the US Soccer Instagram story for the day!

While I was there, I got to juggle with the AMAZING Indi Cowie, a professional soccer freestyler. Check her out if you haven’t seen her before!

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But the VERY best part was that US Soccer gave me an official jersey SIGNED BY THE US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM, which will be auctioned off at the Miracles on the Bay Gala for St. Jude in San Francisco on October 5th, where I’ll be honored for my fundraising efforts and will be giving a speech. For those who aren’t attending the gala, I will be posting a link to the online auction in late September, so anyone can bid on this amazing prize! The highest bid from the online or live auction will get the jersey! It has signatures of some of the biggest names in US Soccer! Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath, and the list goes on! I am so grateful to US Soccer for this amazing support of childhood cancer treatment and research, and I hope the jersey sells for tons of money! 🙂

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One last thing, if you would like to honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month AND my 14th birthday with a donation to St. Jude, please consider donating $14 or some other amount in multiples of 14. You can do that HERE any time.

Thank you so much for your support!

~Hollis

JUGGLING FOR JUDE SOCCER BALLS, ST. JUDE GALA, and MORE!

My summer break is officially over. High school started last week, which means that the FIFTH summer of Juggling for Jude is in the books! But I’ve got so much going on for St. Jude in September and October, that I actually think they might be even bigger months than the summer ones this year! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and I’ll be doing a lot of work to raise funds for St. Jude!

YOU CAN BUY JUGGLING FOR JUDE SOCCER BALLS!

100% of PROFITS BENEFIT ST. JUDE!

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I am SOOOO excited about these balls! They look amazing! Huge thanks to All Season Soccer for making this happen! The balls are super fun and colorful (purple for St. Jude and yellow for Childhood Cancer Awareness). You can go HERE to purchase yours or one as a gift for a someone you know. The balls are size 4, so they are great for all young players. We  hope to also get size 5 balls in our next shipment, as soon as these sell out! 🙂

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Big honor: I am being honored at this year’s Miracles on the Bay Gala for St. Jude, an annual event for St. Jude held in San Francisco! I’ll get to give a speech, which I LOVE, and there will be a live auction that just might involve me juggling for dollars! If you are interested in purchasing a ticket or even becoming a table sponsor, I can get you discounted pricing if you let me know you want to attend. Just email my mom at allison@tjsgym.com, and she can connect you with the person in charge.

So lucky: I will be watching the US Women’s National Soccer Team in San Jose at a “friendly” match against Chile. I’ve also been invited to the training session the night before the game, to give US Soccer a little update on my work, as part of my role as the SheBelieves Hero this year. I can’t wait to see them again and cheer them on as they prepare for the start of World Cup Qualifiers!

Hard work: I will be juggling, raising awareness, and collecting donations each weekend this Fall soccer season at a local field where hundreds of kids play soccer. Working around my own soccer schedule, I’ll be out there with a younger boy named Ross, who reached out to me to do some fundraising in honor of his family friend, Hazel, a 7-year-old girl who died of cancer in April. We will be collecting donations to help St. Jude find a cure for childhood cancer while we honor Hazel and her brave fight.

Big donation: You might remember that last October, I partnered with In Shape Health Clubs as part of their month-long fundraiser for cancer-related charities, and they donated $30,000 to St. Jude! This October, In Shape is partnering with St. Jude again, and I will be helping out at some of the events, in order to make it as successful a month as possible. Thank you so much to everyone at In Shape for adding childhood cancer and St. Jude to their annual fundraising!

Those are some of the highlights I have coming up. You can follow my journey on social media if you’re interested in details.

If you would like to DONATE to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude, please go HERE. It only takes a minute, and every dollar helps save the life of a child with cancer.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

~Hollis

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

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

#ROADTO300K$

 

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