GIVING THANKS!

This is the THANKSGIVING NEWSLETTER I sent to my donors this morning. Thank you for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

       

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means Giving Tuesday is right around the corner. This time of year is all about being grateful for what we have and giving back to others in need. As you probably know, there are some really bad fires happening in California. Where I live, the air has been horrible from the smoke, and school was actually cancelled for today. My family and I will be helping families affected by the fires, and I’m sure many of you will support them, as well, as they fight through this very difficult time.

There are so many causes to support, and my goal is to always highlight St. Jude, because I think what they are doing is so important. With so much crazy stuff going on in our world today, one thing we can all agree on is that kids shouldn’t get cancer! 

$300,000 IS IN REACH! Thanks to donations from people like you, as well as a very generous corporate donation from In Shape Health Clubs, we have almost reached the $300,000 mark, which is my goal for 2018! Yesterday, my mom and I drove to pick up a $50,000 check from In Shape. There was a lot of traffic, so it took more than two hours to get there, but it was for sure worth the trip! I am so grateful for the support of In Shape, and one of my goals is to partner with other corporations in their annual giving, so let me know if you have any leads!


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So, now there’s just over $3,000 to go till $300,000! I hope you will help me reach that milestone with a DONATIONof any amount. Every bit adds up!

Why St. Jude: For families experiencing the diagnosis of childhood cancer, every day is a fight. You’ve heard it before, but St. Jude is the worldwide leader in the treatment and research of childhood cancer, and St. Jude patients and their families don’t pay a single penny for their treatment, travel, housing, or food. St. Jude offers hope in the darkest times, and they are increasing childhood cancer survival rates every day.

PATIENT STORY:This is a story of Woods, from the St. Jude website:

Last September, Woods complained of headaches, ran a fever and threw up in the mornings after he woke. His parents, Ashley and Henry, worried something was wrong. 

Just before Woods’ fourth birthday, their fears were confirmed when a CT scan revealed Woods had a type of cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma. Ashley and Henry were familiar with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and asked for a referral. “We wanted to be where doctors saw hundreds of these types of cases,” Henry said. Within days, the family arrived at St. Jude. 

At St. Jude, Woods underwent surgery to remove the tumor, followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy, which he completed in May 2018. His family celebrated the end of his treatment with a No More Chemo party, attended by family, friends and Woods’ St. Jude care team.  

How to Help: When you DONATE, your money goes directly to treatment for kids like Woods, and sometimes even a No More Chemo Party, because St. Jude recognizes that celebrations like that are part of the overall treatment. It’s all about hope and happiness!

Give the Gift of a Soccer Ball this Holiday Season! Sales of Juggling for Jude Soccer Ball support St. Jude! To order a ball to be shipped to you or to send one as a gift, click HERE. If you’re in Marin, you can also email me my mom (allison@tjsgym.com) and she can arrange to get you a ball in person.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT and help getting to my next goal! Pease feel free to donateany time at THIS LINK and share this email and my story with anyone you think might want to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude. Together, we can rid the world of childhood cancer!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

~Hollis

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BIG Thanks to In Shape Health Clubs for a $50,000 Donation!

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I am so grateful that In Shape Health Clubs decided to support St. Jude again this year, in their month-long FIGHT CANCER campaign in October. This year, they raised $153,000 total and donated $50,000 of that to St. Jude! I am so honored that In Shape was inspired by my work for St. Jude and chose to give so much. It’s a pretty amazing effort by their entire community!

Today I got to collect the funds for St. Jude and took this photo with a number of In Shape staff members who worked so hard to raise the money.  It took me and my mom two hours to get to In Shape, but it was SOOOOOO worth it!

I am now about $3,000 short of reaching this year’s goal of $300,000 for St. Jude. It’s almost Giving Tuesday, so I’m hopeful that I’ll get there soon! If you’d like to help kids with cancer, please consider donating at the link HERE. It only takes a minute, and every penny goes straight to St. Jude!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

~Hollis

My First School Speech of the Season!

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I had such a great time speaking to the 700 students at San Jose Middle School in Novato last week! I shared my story about Juggling for Jude and talked about how they can help. Their leadership students invited me to visit the school and have decided to set up a school-wide fundraiser to support my work for St. Jude! They are going to raise money over the next month and will then have me back to present a check for St. Jude. I am so grateful, and can’t wait to hear how it goes. They were an amazing audience, and I think they will do a great job with their fundraising!

I love speaking at schools and inspiring other students to give back!

If you want to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude, please DONATE any time!

Thank you so much,

~Hollis

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

 

I had such a special night as 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

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