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Above is a video of a speech I gave recently at an event called the World Wide Women Festival of the Girl, with the goal of inspiring other young girls to harness a passion and give back.  It tells all about Juggling for Jude, so I hope you’ll have a look! 

My name is Hollis, and I’m 12 years old. I play soccer for a local competitive soccer club, and I happen to be a pretty good soccer juggler.  The rules for my juggling are that I have to alternate feet and I can’t use my thighs. This makes it more challenging and also more helpful for developing my soccer skills.

In the summer of 2014, when I was 9, my mom suggested that I do some juggling to raise money for a good cause. I couldn’t think of a better one than St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is a hospital for kids who are just like me, except that they have cancer. I ended up raising $34,458.56 !!! 

In the summer of 2015, when I was 10, I did it again. With the help of some amazing professional soccer players (including Julie Foudy, Kelley O’Hara, and Shea Salinas), I juggled and raised money, making my total after two summers more than $72,000! We also started a JUGGLING FOR JUDE CHALLENGE.  Just video yourself juggling, post it on social media, use the hashtag #jugglingforjude, and then head over to my DONATE page to donate a penny or a dollar (or ten dollars!) per juggle!  Spread the word to your friends and family, because I’m still collecting donations!

This past summer (2016) was AMAZING!  Thanks to the generosity of so many wonderful people, I passed the $100,000 mark for St. Jude on the last day of August, which was my goal! I am so excited, I can’t even believe it! But the juggling and work continues, because kids with cancer can’t be cured with $100,000 alone!  I won’t stop till no more kids have cancer, and I hope you’ll support Juggling for Jude as my move forward with my mission!

Here’s a video of my current record of 1,646 juggles.  It took 17 minutes, 14 seconds, which is a pretty long time to be juggling! My goal for the summer of 2016 was 1,500, so now it’s 2,000! I know that the more I juggle, the more money I can raise!

In a nutshell, here’s how JUGGLING FOR JUDE works.  You can help in one of 2 ways:

1.  Choose an amount and head over to my St. Jude personal fundraising page to donate directly, now.

2. Take the JUGGLING FOR JUDE CHALLENGE and post your video and then donate a penny or dollar per juggle.

You can donate any time!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

~Hollis

 

 

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