Getting Close to the End of this Summer’s Juggling for Jude, with a HUGE Effort on the East Coast!

I’m almost done blogging about Juggling for Jude 2015, but there is still a little more work to be done.  We are almost at $30,000 for the kids at St. Jude, and on Wednesday the Appalachian State Women’s Soccer Team spearheaded an entire Juggling for Jude event on campus.  I met Head Coach Sarah Strickland this summer at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, and she thought Juggling for Jude was so great that she wanted to help out! Special thanks to Sarah and Alyne Moore, who was the man behind this great event!

Here are some photos of the App State Juggling for Jude event. I can’t believe students all the way in North Carolina were Juggling for Jude and collecting donations!  I can’t wait to hear how much money they raised!

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My summer goal is $40,000, so that would mean a whole lot of donations would have to come in between now and the end of September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I’m not giving up hope just yet!  Please DONATE if you can and remember every dollar helps a kid with cancer and helps the scientists at St. Jude find cures for cancer. Please tell your friends!

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

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A Little Help from Friends/Teammates to Raise more Money for the Kids at St. Jude!

This is a picture of some of my awesome teammates who helped me collect money for St. Jude while I juggled during halftime at a Cal Bears Women’s Soccer game.  We raced there after our own game, made it in the nick of time, and raised more than $500, thanks to the generous fans at watching the Cal game.

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September is almost over, and we have a ways to go to reach my summer 2015 goal of $40,000 for the kids at St. Jude.  Perhaps you can donate and tell your friends about Juggling for Jude, so they can donate, too!

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Plus an Important Statistic About Funding for Cancer Research.

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My family and I finally got away for an end-of-summer trip to Tahoe for a soccer tournament with my awesome team. It was so much fun!  I got to do a few juggles on an amazing hike in a beautiful setting. Today is my first day of school, and I’m really excited. I can’t help but think about the kids at St. Jude who don’t get to go to school with their friends. During Childhood Awareness Month, my donation page will stay open, so please, please, please DONATE if you can! Every dollar helps save a life, just like every juggle counts.  I set my goal high for raising $40,000 this summer because kids with cancer deserve our help.  We still need about $15,000 more. I’m not giving up hope yet!

Did you know that only 4% of money donated for cancer research goes to childhood cancer? Crazy, right? So please help change that statistic by donating to the amazing St. Jude today!

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

Days 45-47: 140, 340, and 296 Juggles. Plus: It’s Been a Super Meaningful Week for JUGGLING FOR JUDE! PLUS: BRAIN CANCER STINKS! Let’s Make it Stop!

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The picture on the left is of me and Kayla.  Kayla is 11 years old, has a cat, has a younger brother, lives near me, and is still here and smiling because she her life was saved at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Kayla was diagnosed with a certain form of brain cancer back in 2011 when she was 7 1/2.  She continues to go back to St. Jude for checkups every six months, and after five years she will be declared officially in remission.  That will be on December 17, 2016, and I hope to be there for a HUGE party!  Kayla watched me juggle yesterday, and she is the world’s greatest cheerleader!  Her parents want people to know that St. Jude is filled with “hope and spirit,” which is why it is so life-saving.  They also want people to know that pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death in children, and it is St. Jude’s mission to change that, so PLEASE DONATE TODAY if you can spare any dollar amount at all.  Do it in honor of Kayla, her amazing grit, her sweet smile, and her awesome attitude!

If that doesn’t get you to donate, how about this?

The picture on the right is of a bag of chocolates from Ireland called Heroes.  This was sent to me by someone whose own son died of brain cancer a few months ago. Even though she is so sad and misses her son so much, she donated money to Juggling for Jude to help save other children with cancer.  She sent me a beautiful note and these amazing chocolates, because she thinks I’m a bit of a hero. I can’t even believe how nice that is.

I’m almost done with my daily juggling for the summer, with school starting and my soccer season under way. But we have some events planned in September, and I know the donations will keep coming in.

I got 296 juggles, 340 juggles, and 140 juggles on days 45-47. I had to rush on these days because I had a bunch of other things going on, so I got one shot and that was it!  No records, but every juggle counts! 🙂

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

~Hollis