Days 37, 38, and 39: 109, 200, and 154 Juggles. Plus: Robin Williams was a St. Jude Supporter. Please Donate Today!

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My mom told me about Robin Williams dying yesterday.  I loved him when he played the Genie in Aladdin. I think it is really sad that he died, especially because he was a big supporter of St. Jude Hospital.  If you were a fan of Robin Williams, maybe you can honor his memory by donating to St. Jude through my donation page today.  It would help the kids at St. Jude with cancer, and it would be a special thing to do.

On a happier note, we are getting closer to my goal of $25,000 for St. Jude Hospital!  Please tell your friends!  And here are my juggling videos for the past three days. I was so excited to get 200–the first time since I broke my toe. It is feeling REALLY great! 🙂
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Thanks for your support!

~Hollis

Below is a picture of Robin Williams visiting with a St. Jude Patient. I got this from the St. Jude Facebook page.  

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Days 35 and 36: 59 and 133 Juggles (1st Time Over 100 Since I broke My Toe Dancing)! Plus: Mental Toughness, I’ll be on TV Again, and Go Washington Spirit!

Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 12.25.40 PMYesterday we decided to just do one try and not push my toe too hard.  I got 59 on my first try and then stopped.  Today, I was feeling a little better, but I was having a hard time getting into any groove.  I am still focused on healing my toe.  Even though I really wanted to get a good number, I was a little frustrated and really had to think about how badly I wanted to do this for St. Jude.  I even felt really sad for a few minutes.  Then I gave it one last shot, and guess what?  I FINALLY got over 100 for the first time since I broke my toe!  I got 133. I was really tired but felt really happy.  I am learning so much about how important it is to stay positive and focused when things don’t come easily.

There was a family at the track who I know from school and it was pretty cool because they were out at the field trying to learn how to juggle because they had seen my videos and they were inspired.  That made me feel really good. I told them that I could remember when I could only do 12 juggles in a row. You have to start somewhere when you have a goal.

Speaking of goals, my goal is to raise $25,000 for St. Jude Hospital by juggling till the end of August.  Please, please, please DONATE NOW to help me reach my goal and to help the kids at St. Jude.  So far, I’ve raised more than $15,000, but that means I need a lot more.  This is such an amazing place.  Every bit helps!

Catch Juggling for Jude on tomorrow’s KTVU Fox Morning Show tomorrow (Sunday) on Bay Area TV between 7am and 10am (or on KTVU.com)! And then my podcast with Jason Ackerman’s Squat Therapy Show will be online on Monday.  Hopefully the more I get on TV and other shows, the more people who will donate to St. Jude!

Thank you!

~Hollis

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PS I’ll be rooting for YAEL AVERBUCH and the Washington Spirit in their game tonight! Yael is an amazing soccer player, and I am so thankful for her, since she made this video about Juggling for Jude!

 

Day 34: I Officially have a Broken Toe (Dance Injury). But, That’s not Going to Stop Juggling for Jude! Plus, if you Watch this St. Jude Video, you will Probably Donate!

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I saw an orthopedist today, and it turns out that my toe is broken from my injury at dance camp.  That’s me giving thumbs up on the Dr. table, because the good news is that he said I can do whatever I want, as long as it’s not too painful.  I played soccer today at team training, but when I went out to juggle tonight it was hurting a little.  I did some warmups and even got up to 42 juggles, but then I decided it would be smart to stop so I didn’t make the pain worse.  You might be able to notice that I don’t look as smooth as I normally do.  I know if I rest a little, I’ll be able to come back stronger when I’m ready to go for my goal of 400 juggles!  And I need to be healthy for a tournament next weekend.

When we got home, my mom suggested that we spend the time I would have spent juggling to find a video about a patient at St. Jude so everyone can see where the donation money is going. I found this amazing video about a girl who is only a little younger than I am.  Her name is Yamila, and she came to St. Jude all the way from Puerto Rico.  St. Jude saved her life.  She said in the video something so sweet.  She said “St. Jude is my best friend. I never want to leave it.” You should really watch her story here!

I really hope you will watch this video and then donate to St. Jude.  Please go to my donation page here and give whatever amount you can.  I really promise that every bit helps the kids like Yamila.  Please help save a life today!

Thank you for your support, and be sure to check my blog again before the weekend, because I think I’m going to be on TV again!

~Hollis

 

Day 33: Rusty After Injury with 87 Juggles. Plus, Watch this Video to Find out Which Pro Women’s Soccer Player is Teaming up with Me!

Today was my first day of soccer pre-season training.  My foot hurt a little, but I’m pushing through, and I’m SO excited to be back on the field with my teammates!  I’m also really excited about something else.  YAEL AVERBUCH is a professional soccer player for the Washington Spirit and has played on many US National teams.  She is an awesome midfielder, which is the same position I play.  🙂  When she heard about Juggling for Jude, she decided she wanted to support me in raising money for St. Jude Hospital.  She even created her own video about it, which you can see above.  It has juggling tips that will help you if you want to learn how to juggle!  She has a really cool YouTube channel and website, and you should follow her if you like soccer.  My mom says she’s a great role model for young girls who are athletes.  I think so too. I am just so thankful for her support and for the work she put in to make this cool video. Please share it with people you know and of course you should donate to St. Jude!

Today was my first day really juggling since my dance injury last week.  I was rubbing off the rust and got lower than I usually do.  But I was all smiles, because I know I’m doing the best I can for an amazing cause.  87 juggles is still 87 more than if I didn’t even try!

Tell all your friends and thanks for the support!

~Hollis

 

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It was a Big Week! I was on ABC News! Plus: My Foot is Getting Better, and New Goal of $25,000 for St. Jude Hospital!

 

Lots to talk about! The biggest thing is my foot is getting better.  I have soccer training this week, so it’s important that my foot is better. I will try to juggle this afternoon. I’m excited to get back at it.  During the past few days that I didn’t juggle that much, we have still been really busy with Juggling for Jude stuff.

1. I was on ABC TV News!  It was so fun. The news truck parked in my driveway and then we did an interview and went out to the field. I was able to juggle just enough for the cameraman to get enough footage. In case you missed it, you can watch my story here.  It was fun to be on TV, but by far the best part about all of this is that more people will find out about JUGGLING FOR JUDE, which means more people will HOPEFULLY donate to St. Jude Hospital.

2.  My parents and I made this video (it’s also on the top of my blog today) explaining all about Juggling for Jude and how people can help. If you want to help, you can just share this video with people you know!

3.  I made a new goal of raising $25,000 for the kids at St. Jude by the end of August!  I know that might sound crazy, but when I first started this and said $15,000, a lot of people thought that was crazy, too.  I have now raised almost $15,000 already (checks haven’t been recorded yet)!  You never know until you try!  Thanks for all of the support so far, and please donate here if you can.  Also, please “like” my Facebook page so we can get more people to see it!

St. Jude Hospital is the best!!!!

~Hollis

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