It’s Official! More than $400,000 Raised!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

2020 is starting out pretty well, and I’m excited to report that I am now on the road to $500,000 to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude! Huge thank you’s go out to all of my donors over the years for helping me pass this exciting milestone! I can’t wait to be able to say that we’ve raised a half a million dollars to help the fight against pediatric cancer!Screen Shot 2020-01-09 at 7.32.10 PM.png

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The first photo above is of little Riku with his mom during his treatment for brain cancer at St. Jude. The second photo was taken just months later, when I was lucky enough to meet Riku at the St. Jude Walk in San Francisco in September. THIS IS WHY I JUGGLE AND SPREAD AWARENESS. This is what donations do–it all saves lives like Riku and lets parents like his mom not have to worry about finances!

Here’s to a year of HEALTH for the kids at St. Jude and around the world who are fighting childhood cancer! I can’t wait for all I have planned this year to help make a difference and to show other young people that we can ALL find a way to give back!

Please go HERE if you would like donate to St. Jude and help save other kids like Riku.

THANK YOU for your support!

~Hollis

 

In Shape Health Clubs Donated $50,000!

 

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This is the third year in a row that In Shape Health Clubs has contributed to my fundraiser for St. Jude! I am so grateful, because this year, through their #InShapeFightsCancer campaign, they raised $50,000 to give to St. Jude through Juggling for Jude. This gift will go a long way in supporting kids with cancer!

Pictured with me above is Kris Mulkey, who is in marketing at In Shape and was the one who introduced Juggling for Jude to her awesome company.

I am so grateful for Kris and everyone at In Shape for thinking of kids with cancer again this year!

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation for 2019 to St. Jude, you can do that HERE. It just takes a minute!

Happy Holidays, and thank you!

~Hollis

GIVING TUESDAY WEEK: A LIVE TV INTERVIEW AND A SCHOOL SPEECH!

JFJ Giving Tuesday BannerLast week was #GivingTuesday, and I was honored to have two really great experiences talking about the importance of youth in philanthropy!

First, I was interviewed live on Mornings on 2 on KTVU. It was my second time on the show, and it was a blast! Here is a link to my interview with Sal Castenada. Just click on the photo to watch!

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I also visited a local middle school, where the 6th graders are doing a unit on young change-makers. I am so honored that they chose to study me and my work for St. Jude! I love going to speak to students, and this group had so many great questions for me after my talk! I can’t wait for my next school speech!

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Thank you for your support, and remember, you can go HERE any time to donate and help kids with cancer!

~HOLLIS

Giving Thanks!

During this week of Thanksgiving, I have so much to be grateful for! I’ll be posting another blog before Giving Tuesday, when I’ll be asking people to consider giving to Juggling for Jude to help kids with cancer, but for now, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helped make this special honor happen:

I recently received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter. I got to speak on a panel with some big names in Bay Area giving, and it was an incredible opportunity to share my story and learn from people like Roselyn “Cissie” Swig, a long-time philanthropist who was also on the panel.

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Click on the photo below to hear to my acceptance speech from the luncheon. I talk about how the importance of youth in philanthropy, and the lifesaving work at St. Jude and some of my patient inspirations.

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You can also see an interview with the AFP to learn more about how Juggling for Jude began!

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As you gather with friends and family, please keep in mind the kids at St. Jude and their fight against childhood cancer! You can donate HERE any time!

Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

~Hollis

 

 

 

My Mom is Turning 50, so we did Something Special to Get more Donations for St. Jude!

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My parents always say that I should work hard for donations, and they do, too! When my dad turned 50 earlier this year, I juggled my soccer ball while he made 50 basketball layups.

This month is my mom’s 50th birthday, and she’s really good at pullups. She decided to try to do 50 strict pullups while I juggled, without dropping the ball until she was done. 50 strict pullups is a lot, so she had to pace herself and rest in between. We did it on the first try! It took just about ten minutes (910 juggles).

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Here’s the full video, and here’s a time-lapse version,  in case you don’t have ten minutes!

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I think it’s pretty impressive that my mom did this, and I hope you’ll think it’s worth a donation to help save kids with cancer! Any amount helps, so maybe $5 or $50 or $100 or $500! Whatever you feel inspired and are able to give!

Just go HERE. It only takes a minute to help save the life of a child with cancer.

Thank you, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! I LOVE YOU!

~Hollis

 

Looking Back on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is always a big month for me, because it’s my birthday month and it’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This past month has been pretty great for Juggling for Jude! Here are some highlights:

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St. Jude Walk/Run San Francisco: Yesterday, I kicked off the walkers and juggled through the 5K route. Thanks to some amazing donors, I was tied for first place for the top individual fundraiser for the event! But what made the event even more special was meeting St. Jude brain cancer survivor, Riku. He’s four and has been done with treatment for six months after living with his parents at St. Jude for seven months! He’s been through so much, and he was so sweet and cute and I was so lucky to meet him. He liked my Juggling for St. Jude ball, so I gave it to him. It’s kids like Riku that make everything I do worthwhile! I got to do a live interview for KTVU-2 news, too!

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St. Jude Miracles on the Bay Gala San Francisco: This was my second year at the gala and I got to meet this year’s honored ambassador, Matt Ocko, a HUGE St. Jude supporter who is incredibly generous. I also got to meet a former patient, Beth, who was my age when she was diagnosed with the same type of brain cancer that Riku has. She has an amazing survivor story, and it was so great to meet her, as well! It was also so great to have my family with me to share in this inspiring night for St. Jude!IMG_0655.jpg

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Association of Fundraising Professionals Youth in Philanthropy Award: I was honored at the first of two events for this exciting award, and I got to spend time with Deborah Johnson, director of the Northern California chapter of St. Jude. It’s always great to spend time with her, and it was exciting to meet the other honorees for National Philanthropy Day. The big event is in November!

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Those are just some of the highlights of September! I can’t wait for October, because my mom has a big birthday, and we did something fun (and challenging) to raise money in her honor. I’ll be sharing the video soon! Also, October is when In Shape health clubs do their month-long FIGHT CANCER fundraiser, and they are once again including Juggling for Jude and St. Jude in their giving. Last year they donated $50,000! AMAZING!

As always, thank you for your support. If you’d like to help kids like Riku, please go HERE and your donation goes directly to St. Jude! We’re closing in on $350,000! Maybe you’ll help me get there!

THANK YOU!

~Hollis

I’ll be Kicking off the St. Jude Walk in San Francisco!

I’m so excited and honored that I’ll be kicking off the annual St. Jude Walk San Francisco, starting the walkers and juggling through the parade route on Sunday, September 28th!

If you would like to JOIN ME in walking and fundraising, or if you would like to DONATE in support of my walk (juggle!), that would be great! I’ve arranged for my SPONSORS of $500 or more to get some great sponsor benefits and exposure at the race, and you can see the levels of sponsorship HERE.

Feel free to email me at hollisbbelger@gmail.com or my mom at allison@tjsgym.com with questions about sponsorship or to become a sponsor.

Thanks so much!

~HOLLIS

P.S. If you just want to donate to my cause as usual and help save the life of a child with cancer, you can do that HERE any time!

 

 

Annual Golf Tournament Fundraising for St. Jude!

Each year, I juggle at the Have-a-Ball Golf Tournament in Danville, CA. The event is put on by Bob Hammer, a two-time testicular cancer survivor who has dedicated the past 15 years to supporting cancer-related causes. He lets me juggle at Hole #4 each year, with golfers giving me donations in exchange for juggles before they tee off at the hole.

This year I had to work my summer job in the morning but juggled my way to $930 for kids with cancer during the afternoon at the golf event!

Here is a clip from KPIX TV’s Vern Glenn’s sports broadcast on the event. He and I shared Hole #4 for the fifth year in a row!

If you would like to donate to my cause, please do so HERE. Every dollar helps save the life of a child with cancer!

Thanks for your support,

Hollis

My 5th July 4th Parade with Juggling for Jude was a Blast!

 

Every year, since the second summer of my soccer juggling and fundraising for Juggling for Jude, I juggle in my town’s July 4th parade. My family and I decorate my dad’s truck, and I juggle while a crew of superstar soccer girls hand out flyers about St. Jude.

This year, my awesome friend, Avery, joined me in juggling through the whole parade route. She was a total rockstar and is such a great juggler! It made the parade even more fun for me.

Something really special happened this year. A woman came up to my mom while I was juggling and told her to thank me for what I do for childhood cancer. Her little daughter, Ella, is a survivor, and she gave me a #BoyleStrong bracelet in her honor. That makes every juggle and every speech I’ve ever done worth it!

If you would like to help kids like Ella beat cancer, please DONATE to St. Jude! They are leading the world in childhood cancer treatment and research and never charge families a single penny!

Thank you for your support!

~Hollis

NEW JUGGLING RECORD: 4,202 Consecutive Juggles for the Kids at St. Jude!

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Yesterday was a BIG day for me and Juggling for Jude! I got a new record of 4,202 consecutive soccer juggles. I had tried three times in the past few days to get a new record, but I didn’t get past 1,530. I was frustrated, but I knew I wanted a new record, because records get attention, and attention gets donations for kids with cancer.

It was SO hard to juggle for almost 45 minutes straight, but I am so glad I stuck with it. My shoes came untied after about 700 juggles, so that made it a little more challenging. But nothing is hard the way childhood cancer is hard.

If you have 44 minutes to spare, you can watch the video of me getting my record HERE.

Please consider donating to save the life of a child with cancer. Just click HERE.

Thank you!

~Hollis