October is Starting with a Bang!

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but I’m starting off October with some BIG stuff, and I’m excited to share! Today I had the opportunity to participate in the World Wide Women Girls’ Festival, which featured a bunch of inspiring presenters and exhibits all about girl empowerment. I was one of the main-stage speakers, and I had a great time talking to the audience about St. Jude, Juggling for Jude, and how all of us have the power to give back in some way. We had some technical difficulties, so I had to hold a laptop while I spoke, so I could see my notes, but I learned that there’s always a way to manage, and being able to go on even when things aren’t perfect is an important skill to have. I just love public speaking and am so grateful for the opportunity!

Here are some photos from today. First thing I did was an interview with one of my favorite reporters through the years, Kate Rooney from Comcast.

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Then I actually performed a dance with my dance company, totally separate from Juggling for Jude! That’s me with the high kick on the left!

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Next up was my speech. I had five minutes between my dance and my speech! It was a little stressful! You can view it on YouTube here. Just remember, some of the slides didn’t match up with what was on my screen, but I think my message came across loudly and clearly. Yay! 🙂

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After my speech, a few girls asked me to take pictures with them. I was so honored!

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Then, I raced back home to get ready for a state cup soccer game! I was tired, but I always love stepping on the field with my teammates.

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It was an exhausting day, but I feel really excited about spreading the word about Juggling for Jude, so it’s always worth it! Next up, I’m doing a juggling clinic as part of an incredible effort by In-Shape Health Clubs to raise $50,00-$100,000 for St. Jude during October! You read that right!!!!! I CANNOT believe it, but we are hoping it happens! Check out this article here for more info on the amazing work In-Shape is doing! I am so thankful!!!!IMG_0185.jpg

I’ll report back after this event, and meanwhile, if you want to donate, please just go HERE now! Every bit helps kids with cancer!

Thank you!

~Hollis

 

 

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I’m a TEEN now, PLUS it’s Still Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Hi Everyone!

I did it! I turned 13 on the 13th of September!

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In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and my 13th birthday, I’m asking for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in multiples of $13. For every one I get, I’ll send a video of me doing that many soccer juggles to the donor! I was going to post them all on social media, but I think that might get boring for everyone! 🙂

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You can DONATE here. It just takes a minute, and you can help save the life of a child with cancer AND honor my birthday wish with even just a small donation.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, and PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

~Hollis

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, AND I’m Turning 13 on the 13th! How about a Donation?

Hi Everyone!

Big Announcement! In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and my 13th birthday on September 13th, I’m asking for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in multiples of $13. For every one I get, I’ll send a video of me doing that many soccer juggles to the donors! I was going to post them all on social media, but I think that might get boring for everyone! 🙂

You can DONATE here. It just takes a minute, and you can help save the life of a child with cancer AND honor my birthday wish with even just a small donation.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, and PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

~Hollis

 

Now You can Buy a Shirt or a Hat (or both!) and Help Kids with Cancer!

Hi Everyone!

I’m super excited to announce that you can now purchase a Juggling for Jude tank top or men’s or women’s t-shirt, or baseball cap, and 100% of the proceeds will go to St. Jude!

Just click on this link, and start shopping! Don’t delay–these will only be available through late September!

Thanks so much for your support, and please help me spread the word to your friends!

~HOLLIS

 

Being in the Newspaper Never Gets Old!

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Thanks so much to Ian Ross of the Marin IJ for writing another article about me and my mission to help kids with cancer! It’s always cool to see Juggling for Jude in the local paper, and of course, spreading the word about the lifesaving work at St. Jude is a huge part of why I juggle! Just click on the photo or HERE to read the article.

Don’t forget, you can help me reach my goal of $200,000 for kids with cancer by clicking HERE TO DONATE. It takes a minute, and every dollar makes a difference!

Thank you!

~HOLLIS

What an Amazing Speaking Experience with the Wonderful People of Williams Sonoma, Inc.

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Williams Sonoma is one of St. Jude’s most committed partners. They have a long history of giving to St. Jude, and through their holiday drive called Thanks and Giving, as well as other corporate donations, they have given 38 million dollars so far! This week was Williams Sonoma, Inc.’s Leadership Conference, and this morning was dedicated to their partnership with St. Jude. I was lucky enough to be one of the speakers representing St. Jude.  That’s me in the middle of the picture above, looking so tiny among those 1,100 people! They were the most amazing audience ever–I couldn’t believe how enthusiastic they were! They even laughed at all of my jokes!

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IMG_7519.JPGThat’s me with one of the other speakers from St. Jude. Chandler is a brain cancer patient who is going to start his senior year of high school on Monday. He’s super smart and so funny and nice, and he has a great attitude about all he’s been through. It was so great to spend some time with Chandler and his family. It’s because of kids like him that I keep juggling and spreading the word about St. Jude! Oh, and his speech was AMAZING!!!!!

As I said today in my speech: You always have to be willing to ask. So, I’m asking–maybe YOU would like to donate to St. Jude? Every bit helps. Just go HERE.

Thank you, as always, for your support!

~Hollis

There are so many Heroes Out There!

One of the things I have learned doing Juggling for Jude for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for so long is how many people there are who want to help kids with cancer!  I love when I get to share stories of other people doing great things!

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That’s me and BUSTER POSEY!!!! I got to interview him in the Giants dugout for Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine! I asked him all about his family foundation to further pediatric cancer research and about his thoughts on giving back in general. I’ll share the story once it’s published. Thank you, Buster, for being so generous with your time and for making it your mission to help kids with cancer!

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Here’s another hero, who is not so famous but has a big heart, too! I know Sebastian from dance, and he decided to make a poster of Juggling for Jude and go door-to-door collecting donations for my cause! He got $120 for St. Jude! I am so thankful and hope he knows what a great thing that was!

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Thanks for reading and for your support, and please share with any friends who might want to support Juggling for Jude! As always you can DONATE here.

Thanks!

~HOLLIS

Juggling in the 4th of July Parade is always a BLAST!

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Thanks to everyone along our parade route for making today another huge success in my mission to raise awareness of the work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and to raise funds in support of the lifesaving work there.

I had the BEST support team EVER out there today, handing out flyers about St. Jude and Juggling for Jude!  THANK YOU to all of these awesome superstars for walking, talking to people, and working so hard!

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This is Officer Damm, from the Central Marin Police Authority SWAT team. He donated $100 and is super supportive of my efforts! He knows how great St. Jude is, and I’m so thankful for his generous donation!

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My dad, sister, and dog, Pete, were so amazing today, just like they always are! I’m so lucky to have them supporting me every juggle of the way!

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Thanks so much for your support, and Happy Fourth!!!! I hope you’ll consider donating to help save kids with cancer. Just go HERE. THANK YOU!

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~Hollis

I GOT A NEW JUGGLING RECORD TODAY!!!! 2,071 Consecutive soccer juggles for kids with cancer!

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I can’t even believe it! My first time on a real field this summer, and it felt so good! I juggled 2,071 in a row!!!!! It took me 23 minutes, 7 seconds. I focused so hard and thought about the kids with cancer at St. Jude the whole time. I was shaking!!! Please click on the photo above for the video proof!

And now, maybe you’ll consider a donation to help save lives of kids with cancer. Maybe $20.17 or $217 or any amount!
THANK YOU!!!

~Hollis

Being at St. Jude was the Experience of a Lifetime!

On Friday night, I was honored with the Jerry Nicholson Award by ALSAC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The award is given to young person, usually a St. Jude patient, for extraordinary work in fundraising and raising awareness for St. Jude. This year was the 60th anniversary of ALSAC, and I received the award at a gala attended by everyone from Marlo and Tony Thomas to business executives from huge companies who donate millions to St. Jude, to current patients and their families. It was a night I will NEVER forget! After my acceptance speech, I was invited to be on the Board of St. Jude (I need to get a little older!) and I was called “the next Marlo Thomas.” But the most meaningful comment was from a mom who lost her daughter to cancer and said she would have wanted to raise her daughter to be just like me. That made my mom cry, and I couldn’t believe how nice it was.

Below is my speech. I hope you’ll listen to the whole thing, through the first standing ovation. What a great audience! I am so, so thankful for this incredible honor and opportunity!

This is a photo of me on stage with some of amazing St. Jude patients (and Danny Thomas’s son, Tony, on the right). It was such an honor to meet the patients and share the stage with them. They are the true heroes and fighters!

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I also got to tour St. Jude and took lots of pictures of me juggling around the amazing hospital grounds. Here are just a few.

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Finally, I got to be on the news in Memphis! It’s always a great way to spread the word about St. Jude and Juggling for Jude. Here’s the link to the story on the NBC affiliate there. I hope you like it!

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Thank you for your support, always. Now more than ever, St. Jude needs our help. 1 in 5 children in America who are diagnosed with cancer still don’t survive. And those statistics are far worse in other countries.

Please consider donating. Every dollar helps save the life of a child with cancer and help find a cure forever.

THANK YOU!

~Hollis