Day 53: A Whole Lot of Math Adding up My Juggles. Plus, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

HollisTourneyOn my last official day of Juggling for Jude, I got 461 juggles in a row–a new record.  Then, I had a fun soccer tournament over the weekend.  After my games, I was at my friend’s house, and I juggled 210 with bare feet. But I didn’t get it on video, so it’s not official.  🙂

Yesterday, my mom and I added up my daily records for the summer.  The total of my highest juggles each day was 7,644.  I juggled 52 times, including the times when I broke my toe and didn’t do that many, so my average high for each day is 147 juggles.  For those of you who pledged to donate based on my records, now you have the numbers you need to figure out how much to donate.  Really, you should just give what you can, because every donation helps St. Jude!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  My donation page will be open all month, so please keep spreading the word so I can keep raising money for this great place.  The kids there need our help!  PLEASE DONATE HERE!

We are almost at $30,000!  Let’s get there!

Thank you so much for your support!

~Hollis

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NEW RECORD! 342 Consecutive Juggles Today! I’m Coming for you, 400! I’ve Got an Army of Kids at St. Jude Fighting with Me!

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I got a new record today of 342 juggles!  Yesterday I got 259.  With my goal being 400 by the end of my Juggling for Jude fundraiser, I have work to do this week, and today’s record makes me feel excited!  Also, my goal of $25,000 for St. Jude Hospital is also in reach!  So far, we have raised over $21,000!!!! There were times earlier this summer when I doubted that I could raise $25,000 or that I could get even close to 400 juggles. But now, both of these things are in my reach. It just goes to show you that you have to keep fighting and working hard to reach your goals.  I’ve got an army of kids at St. Jude Hospital fighting along with me, so I think I can do it!

Thank you so much to those of you who have donated already, and if you haven’t, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONATE TODAY!  Time is running out on Juggling for Jude. Make your day and donate to St. Jude–it’s an amazing place and it needs our support.

Thank you for your help, and please tell your friends so they can DONATE too!

~Hollis

 

 

Days 45 and 46: 132 and 133 Juggles. Plus Why I’m Holding a Sign that Says $33!

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It takes 2 million dollars a day to run St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That is a lot of money!  It’s amazing but true that most of that money comes from people like you and me who donate to St. Jude.  There are a lot of famous people who donate a whole lot of money, and then there are people who don’t have so much money to donate and they give what they can.  My mom had a meeting with a really nice lady who runs the Northern California fundraising for St. Jude, and she said that the average donation for every single person who donates is $33!  Just $33 per donation makes St. Jude run.

If everyone I know and everyone reading this could give $33, I would pass my goal of $25,000 by SOOOO much!  The end of my juggling (August 31st) is coming up, so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONATE NOW!  If you can afford more than $33, you could do something like 3×33, which is $99.  If you can’t give that much, then maybe you could give one third of $33, which is $11.  Anything you can give will help St. Jude take care of kids with cancer and do research to find cures.  If you want to find out some of the amazing things they do there, go HERE

Funny thing is that today I got 133 juggles, so there’s that 33 again!  🙂    I got 132 yesterday.

Don’t forget, DONATE HERE NOW!

Thanks for your support!

~Hollis

Day 42: 107 Juggles for St. Jude Hospital. Plus Double Dipping for Charity with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Today, my friend, Maisie, nominated me to do the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of ALS.  ALS is a disease that attacks nerves and muscles and usually people are between 40 and 70 when they get it.  My parents donated money to the ALS Foundation, and I did the ice bucket challenge.

I was glad to help a different cause today, but my focus is on raising more money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  So please don’t forget to donate to St. Jude. It is such an amazing hospital where they care for the sick kids for FREE, and they are finding cures for cancer and other illnesses that kids get.  PLEASE DONATE!!!!!  It takes one minute to put in your credit card information. Really, just one minute!

I juggled today but I was a little tired after my weekend soccer tournament. It was really fun, and I love being back on the field with my teammates and coach.  I got 107 today and then stopped.  I can’t wait to add up my daily records.  It will be fun.

Only a couple more weeks to go, so please spread the word so we can raise lots more money for St. Jude! DONATE HERE, PLEASE!
Thanks for your support!

~Hollis

Days 40 and 41: 121 and 254 Juggles. Plus: More than $17,000 Raised and Thanks to a Great (but crazy) Dr. for his Help!

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Today I tried really hard to get a new record. When I got past 250 I could just feel it, but then it didn’t happen. I was sad but then I realized that the important part is that I keep fighting for the kids at St. Jude.  They are fighting way harder than I am! I got 254 Juggles today and 121 Juggles yesterday.  Pretty soon it will be time to add up my daily records for people who have pledged to donate based on my numbers. I still think I can get a record of 400 soon!

Earlier this week I went to see my mom’s good friend, Dr. Doug.  He does something called A.R.T. to help people’s muscles. He explained that when you break a bone the muscles around it can get locked up, because they are trying to protect the injury.  I think Dr. Doug is really smart and helpful, but he is also a little crazy. He seems to like making people feel pain in order to get better.  I mean look at his face in this picture. He’s nuts. 🙂 But I still thank him for making me better!

We have now raised more than $17,000, but there is a lot more to raise before the end of August when I stop Juggling for Jude and head back to school. Please please please donate here and tell all of your friends to donate also.  The kids at St. Jude need our help!

Thank you for your support!  I promise to keep fighting for each juggle!

~Hollis

 

 

Days 37, 38, and 39: 109, 200, and 154 Juggles. Plus: Robin Williams was a St. Jude Supporter. Please Donate Today!

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My mom told me about Robin Williams dying yesterday.  I loved him when he played the Genie in Aladdin. I think it is really sad that he died, especially because he was a big supporter of St. Jude Hospital.  If you were a fan of Robin Williams, maybe you can honor his memory by donating to St. Jude through my donation page today.  It would help the kids at St. Jude with cancer, and it would be a special thing to do.

On a happier note, we are getting closer to my goal of $25,000 for St. Jude Hospital!  Please tell your friends!  And here are my juggling videos for the past three days. I was so excited to get 200–the first time since I broke my toe. It is feeling REALLY great! 🙂
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Thanks for your support!

~Hollis

Below is a picture of Robin Williams visiting with a St. Jude Patient. I got this from the St. Jude Facebook page.  

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Days 35 and 36: 59 and 133 Juggles (1st Time Over 100 Since I broke My Toe Dancing)! Plus: Mental Toughness, I’ll be on TV Again, and Go Washington Spirit!

Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 12.25.40 PMYesterday we decided to just do one try and not push my toe too hard.  I got 59 on my first try and then stopped.  Today, I was feeling a little better, but I was having a hard time getting into any groove.  I am still focused on healing my toe.  Even though I really wanted to get a good number, I was a little frustrated and really had to think about how badly I wanted to do this for St. Jude.  I even felt really sad for a few minutes.  Then I gave it one last shot, and guess what?  I FINALLY got over 100 for the first time since I broke my toe!  I got 133. I was really tired but felt really happy.  I am learning so much about how important it is to stay positive and focused when things don’t come easily.

There was a family at the track who I know from school and it was pretty cool because they were out at the field trying to learn how to juggle because they had seen my videos and they were inspired.  That made me feel really good. I told them that I could remember when I could only do 12 juggles in a row. You have to start somewhere when you have a goal.

Speaking of goals, my goal is to raise $25,000 for St. Jude Hospital by juggling till the end of August.  Please, please, please DONATE NOW to help me reach my goal and to help the kids at St. Jude.  So far, I’ve raised more than $15,000, but that means I need a lot more.  This is such an amazing place.  Every bit helps!

Catch Juggling for Jude on tomorrow’s KTVU Fox Morning Show tomorrow (Sunday) on Bay Area TV between 7am and 10am (or on KTVU.com)! And then my podcast with Jason Ackerman’s Squat Therapy Show will be online on Monday.  Hopefully the more I get on TV and other shows, the more people who will donate to St. Jude!

Thank you!

~Hollis

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PS I’ll be rooting for YAEL AVERBUCH and the Washington Spirit in their game tonight! Yael is an amazing soccer player, and I am so thankful for her, since she made this video about Juggling for Jude!

 

Day 34: I Officially have a Broken Toe (Dance Injury). But, That’s not Going to Stop Juggling for Jude! Plus, if you Watch this St. Jude Video, you will Probably Donate!

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I saw an orthopedist today, and it turns out that my toe is broken from my injury at dance camp.  That’s me giving thumbs up on the Dr. table, because the good news is that he said I can do whatever I want, as long as it’s not too painful.  I played soccer today at team training, but when I went out to juggle tonight it was hurting a little.  I did some warmups and even got up to 42 juggles, but then I decided it would be smart to stop so I didn’t make the pain worse.  You might be able to notice that I don’t look as smooth as I normally do.  I know if I rest a little, I’ll be able to come back stronger when I’m ready to go for my goal of 400 juggles!  And I need to be healthy for a tournament next weekend.

When we got home, my mom suggested that we spend the time I would have spent juggling to find a video about a patient at St. Jude so everyone can see where the donation money is going. I found this amazing video about a girl who is only a little younger than I am.  Her name is Yamila, and she came to St. Jude all the way from Puerto Rico.  St. Jude saved her life.  She said in the video something so sweet.  She said “St. Jude is my best friend. I never want to leave it.” You should really watch her story here!

I really hope you will watch this video and then donate to St. Jude.  Please go to my donation page here and give whatever amount you can.  I really promise that every bit helps the kids like Yamila.  Please help save a life today!

Thank you for your support, and be sure to check my blog again before the weekend, because I think I’m going to be on TV again!

~Hollis

 

It was a Big Week! I was on ABC News! Plus: My Foot is Getting Better, and New Goal of $25,000 for St. Jude Hospital!

 

Lots to talk about! The biggest thing is my foot is getting better.  I have soccer training this week, so it’s important that my foot is better. I will try to juggle this afternoon. I’m excited to get back at it.  During the past few days that I didn’t juggle that much, we have still been really busy with Juggling for Jude stuff.

1. I was on ABC TV News!  It was so fun. The news truck parked in my driveway and then we did an interview and went out to the field. I was able to juggle just enough for the cameraman to get enough footage. In case you missed it, you can watch my story here.  It was fun to be on TV, but by far the best part about all of this is that more people will find out about JUGGLING FOR JUDE, which means more people will HOPEFULLY donate to St. Jude Hospital.

2.  My parents and I made this video (it’s also on the top of my blog today) explaining all about Juggling for Jude and how people can help. If you want to help, you can just share this video with people you know!

3.  I made a new goal of raising $25,000 for the kids at St. Jude by the end of August!  I know that might sound crazy, but when I first started this and said $15,000, a lot of people thought that was crazy, too.  I have now raised almost $15,000 already (checks haven’t been recorded yet)!  You never know until you try!  Thanks for all of the support so far, and please donate here if you can.  Also, please “like” my Facebook page so we can get more people to see it!

St. Jude Hospital is the best!!!!

~Hollis

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Days 29, 30, and 31: 146, 129, and 186 Juggles. Plus, I made it onto the Front Page of the Newspaper!

holliswithpaperJFJIt’s been a tricky few days around here, because my parents were out of town at a work event.  They almost never go away, so I was a little sad and wasn’t totally my usual self. Good thing my grandparents were here to take care of me and my sister, and my grandpa took the videos of my juggling.  I can’t really imagine what it’s like for the kids at St. Jude if they ever have to stay in the hospital without their parents. It must be so hard.

I have some great news to report!  Juggling for Jude was on the front page of the Marin IJ newspaper yesterday!  This will hopefully mean more donations to St. Jude for the sick kids who need my help.  So far, we are at about $12,500, and I’m feeling really good about passing the $20,000 mark by the end of August.  A bunch of my soccer teammates donated today, which is really nice.

Please donate if you can, and don’t forget to tell your friends!

Here are my juggling videos of 146, 129, and 186, in case you’re keeping track! 🙂

Thank you so much!

~Hollis