The Importance of Youth in Philanthropy

During COVID times, one of the things I miss most is public speaking. While I’ve done some great talks virtually with school groups and soccer teams and even adults fundraising for St. Jude, I miss the feeling of expressing myself, promoting my mission, and inspiring other people to engage in philanthropy in a live setting!
Below are two super quick clips from last November when I was asked to speak on a panel for the annual awards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I think they are especially good reminders of what is clearly so important these days: getting young people to think about other people and about how we can ALL make a difference if we care!

Speaking on a panel for the Association of Fundraising Professionals in November, 2019. A quick comment about how young people can engage in the world.
Second quote about how adults can encourage youth in philanthropy!

Thanks for watching, and remember that my fundraising is going strong this summer with my Juggling for Jude Challenge and all of my other work, so please feel free to support with a donation to help kids with cancer. Just go HERE any time!

Thank you for your support,


Update on the Global Juggling for Jude Challenge

The timing of the launch of my Global Juggling for Jude Challenge was unfortunate! These have been tough times for our country and our world, and understandably people have been focused on causes impacting the lives of people around the world. Many of the professional athletes who had committed to juggling for kids with cancer on my behalf felt a need to postpone their participation until they feel ready to shed light on causes other than racism and global human rights. This makes total sense. And at the same time, kids with cancer worldwide continue to fight cancer and to have their lives taken from them far too soon. The doctors and scientists at St. Jude continue to work for cures and to offer treatment at no charge to kids of all backgrounds, races, religions, and financial standing, just as founder Danny Thomas would want.

I have highlighted on my social media channels that St. Jude was founded by Danny Thomas to treat ALL children, and he specifically chose the racially segregated city of Memphis for the hospital, to prove this commitment. St. Jude was the first fully integrated hospital in the south, and this history is alive and well, and to me, that is a really important part of the hospital’s mission!

Below are just a few of the MANY people who have participated in the Juggling for Jude Challenge! There are many professional soccer players in there, people of various races, and ages (8-55!), and people from Canada to Mexico to Texas to Indiana, to places all around the US! My hope is to keep getting people juggling and donating, so please help me spread the word! You can go HERE to see all of the details on how you can juggle for a minute to help save the life of a child with cancer!

Here are some of my thoughts from a recent interview on the future of our world, with my generation leading the way:

Mine is the most tech-savvy generation and have grown up with social media. I’m so happy to see that we are using it in a way to make change and a way to spread awareness. I’m very optimistic and hopeful and I think that we will take over and help fix the injustices in our society, and we are starting to see that now. I launched this Juggling for Jude Challenge and the timing isn’t great, but the way that I see it is that St. Jude was created in place where there was mass segregation in Memphis, Tennessee, and one of the main goals of St. Jude was to not just treat kids with cancer but treat kids of ALL races, and that was something that wasn’t very common at that time. Black kids didn’t have access to the same kind of medical treatment as white kids. So I think that this is all very connected, and we need to keep in mind that there are a lot of things that need to change, and hopefully will change, in this world, and I think they are all linked in some way. They all need attention, and we can all make a difference!

If you’d like to donate to help kids with cancer around the world, you can do that HERE.

Thank you for your support!



I’m so excited to launch the GLOBAL JUGGLING FOR JUDE CHALLENGE using soccer juggling to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the global leader in childhood cancer treatment and research.

Please stay tuned to my social media channels to see my juggling videos and to hear about all of the amazing people I’ll be challenging to participate.

Here’s how it works:

  • STEP ONE: Record a video of yourself juggling for one minute. If you drop the ball, just pick it up and start over. 
  • STEP TWO: Record a video explaining why you’re juggling and challenging/tagging 10 friends, family, acquaintances. You can say something like this:

“Hey everyone. Today I’m donating $10 and using my soccer skills to take the #JugglingForJude Challenge to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. #ChildhoodCancer doesn’t shelter in place. @stjude needs our support more than ever! The goal is to get as many touches as possible in one minute while helping St. Jude fight childhood cancer. The challenge was started by Hollis Belger, now 15, when she was 9 years old. Her goal is to raise one million dollars for kids with cancer. Swipe to see my video. I got XXXX juggles and I challenge XXXX (x10 or more people) to join me and help Hollis. Everyone can participate, so don’t wait around to get tagged! Grab a ball, get juggling, and DONATE!

THAT’S IT! Just think how much we can help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer, one juggle at a time!


#ForStJude, #JugglingforJude, #JugglingforStJude, #KickCancer

Please be sure to tag me in your videos! Let’s do this!

On behalf of kids with cancer everywhere, THANK YOU!


Big Announcement, JJ Watt Donated, and my St. Jude Story was on the News Again!


Today was a BIG day for Juggling for Jude!

I announced that on Monday, June 1st, I’ll be launching the official #JugglingforJudeChallenge! I’ll be juggling for one minute, donating $10 right here on my website, and then tagging some professional athletes to help me kick off the challenge, tag their friends and family and teammates, and hopefully it will take off from there! My goal for this challenge is to get to the $1 Million mark for St. Jude! If we can get enough people doing it, I truly think this is possible! Please join me on social media on June 1st and join in the juggling and the donating and the fun! Stay tuned for more on that!

JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai Watt heard about the challenge and sent in a super generous donation to St. Jude on my behalf and also sent me a really nice note. It doesn’t get much better than having two amazing athletes and role models in philanthropy donate to your cause!

Then, tonight, I was on KRON4 TV News, with one of my favorite reporters, Kate Rooney, who covered my story back when I first started at age 9. I’m so grateful for her help in spreading the word about the Challenge and about my virtual juggling lessons! You can watch the story here:

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As always, if you would like to DONATE to St. Jude, you can do that HERE.

Thank you for your support, and keep your eyes out for the Juggling for Jude Challenge launch on June 1st!


Virtual Soccer Juggling Lessons have been a Big Success and were even Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle!

Since sheltering in place, I’ve moved my soccer juggling lessons online and have had a great time helping people develop their skills while also raising money for St. Jude! I’ve had clients ranging in age from 10-40-something and have raised more than $400 this way so far! Please reach out if you would like to schedule a lesson. You can email my mom at to set it up.

You can read a story about my lessons in the San Francisco Chronicle HERE!

And if you just want to donate, you can do that HERE!

Thanks so much for your support,


One of My Heroes Quoted Me!

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Rick Shadyac is the CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude, and he is in one of my heroes because of his lifelong dedication to curing childhood cancer. In his message to St. Jude supporters today, he told my story and quoted me as saying that “Cancer doesn’t shelter in place.” I have been really worried about how St. Jude is going to meet its fundraising needs during the pandemic. Mr. Shadyac’s article shows some important numbers, and I hope you will consider donating to help the needs of the hospital! You can do that HERE. Every dollar helps the kids at St. Jude and kids with cancer around the world!

Here is the article

Thank you for your support!



Helping St. Jude During Shelter in Place

Hi Everyone!

I hope you and your family are staying HEALTHY and positive during this crazy time of sheltering in place. I’m doing as well as possible but missing my friends and teachers and normal activities. And of course, I’m worried about the kids at St. Jude and around the world who are fighting cancer and now have another thing to worry about. You can read my recent blog HERE with my reflections on sheltering place and how kids with cancer have their lives interrupted in even bigger ways.

As you probably know, cancer patients have compromised immune systems, making them more susceptible to viruses like COVID-19. This is a really scary time for them and their families, and the people at St. Jude are doing everything they can to keep pediatric cancer patients safe. As always, 100% of the care being provided is free of charge, thanks to donors like you.

I know that many people have been hit financially and are not in a position to give money right now, but here are some ways I’m trying to help keep donations coming in and help St. Jude during this crisis.

I’m lucky to have a job as a dance teacher at my dance studio. I’m teaching online classes right now, and I’m putting $1 per day in a jar. At the end of the shelter-in-place, I will donate it to St. Jude. I encourage you to create a cash jar and put money in it that would normally be spent on coffee at Starbucks or going to a movie theater or other activities you can’t do right now. At the end of the shelter-in-place, that money can be donated to St. Jude HERE.

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I’m available to help kids under age 12 learn to soccer juggle. Young soccer players have plenty of down time these days, so why not work on juggling? I’m offering 20-minute lessons for $20 donations on my website. Message me on Instagram (Juggling_for_Jude) or Facebook (Juggling for Jude).

We all know that healthcare workers are working overtime right now, and that is true for everyone at St. Jude. I’ll be sending notes to cheer them up and hopefully bring a smile to their faces.

Although this is a really hard time for everyone, I’m doing my best to keep looking forward and think of the kids at St. Jude, whose lives are far more affected than my own.

Thank you for your support, and stay well!


Some Thoughts on the Corona Virus from Juggling for Jude

I made this video back in August of 2014 when I was 9. It’s 23 seconds of me explaining why I was doing Juggling for Jude, and it talks about kids with cancer missing out on exactly the kinds of things we are all missing out on right now. 

During this crazy time of being quarantined in my house, having online school, unable to do the activities I love or to see my friends, I’ve been thinking a lot. Last night, the power went out in our house, and it felt like a little much. My sister, mom, and I were up together (it was late, around 11pm), and we were talking about how thankful we will be when the power goes back on and how thankful we will be when life returns to normal. That made me think even more. Obviously, now is not the time to ask people to donate to charity. Understandably, people are focusing on their own well-being, and many people are out of work. My parents own a small business that has been shut down, and I know how stressful things are in my own home.

We have all had our normal lives taken from us. We can’t go to work, see friends or family, travel, play sports, or do almost any of things we love to do. I’ve been so sad at times and actually miss going to school and wish I could! What I realized last night is that, for some people, all of this happens every day, and has been happening for years. People’s lives have stopped. For them, this isn’t the first time.

When children get diagnosed with cancer, their lives as they know them stop completely. They go to a hospital, they can’t see their friends or go to school or play sports. Just like students around the country being ripped off of college campuses right now, or like my sister who is a high school senior finding out that all of her final performances for the year are cancelled and that she won’t have a prom or possibly even a graduation. When kids and teens get diagnosed with cancer, everything changes. They aren’t just quarantined. They’re also fighting for their lives and some have to pay loads of money for treatment. They are more stressed and scared than any person should be. Their whole lives are taken from them. This happens to the kids at St. Jude. Thankfully, St. Jude takes away the financial concerns and tries their best to incorporate some of the normalcy in kids’ lives at the hospital. They have a school program, they are able to see their families, they have activities, but it isn’t the same.

After this scary and unpredictable time in our lives is all over, and I know it will be, let’s try to be grateful for all that we have and all that we get to do.

If you come out the other side in a position to help, please keep in mind the people who have to go through this for years and years, praying that they will live.

Stay healthy, Everyone, and thanks for reading this!