I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!!! WE RAISED $32,675 for ST. JUDE HOSPITAL!

JFJFINALTHANKYOUI can’t believe my summer of JUGGLING FOR JUDE is over!  My original goal was to raise $15,000 and we actually raised $32,675! I couldn’t have done it without all of the generous people like you!

I learned so much this summer, and you can read about some of the lessons I learned in a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago.  I have changed so much from this experience. I am so proud to have raised so much money for such a great place and for the kids at St. Jude Hospital.  I am so thankful for everyone who helped.  Just because my fundraiser is over doesn’t mean you can’t donate to St. Jude Hospital. If you are thinking about doing that, you really should, because the kids at St. Jude need your help.

Some really exciting news is that St. Jude Hospital is going to take on a Juggling for St. Jude program that I’m going to help get into as many soccer clubs in the country as possible. Isn’t that so cool? My mom and I will keep you up to date when that starts in early 2015. I feel really proud that my fundraiser is going to lead to a national fundraiser at the hospital, and I can’t wait to see where that takes us!

Thank you again so much for your donations and support! I’ll NEVER forget my summer of Juggling for Jude!

~Hollis

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Every Kid Should get to Grow Up and Be SOMETHING! Please Help the Kids at St. Jude Reach for the Stars!

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 8.42.17 PMWhen I grow up, I want to be a professional soccer player, a dancer, a Broadway or movie star, and most of all run my parents’ gyms.

Kids with cancer have big hopes and dreams just like me!  Here is a video showing some of the St. Jude Hospital kids talking about what they want to be when they grow up.  Your donation to St. Jude can help make sure these kids and others like them will be able to grow up and be what they want to be.  Remember that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the end of Juggling for Jude, so please DONATE now!

Thanks for your support!

~Hollis

 

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Back to School! It’s Time to Reflect on Juggling for Jude. Plus, We Still Need More Donations for St. Jude Hospital. Let’s See How Close to $40,000 we can Get!

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I’m going back to school tomorrow, and since my mom is a psychologist, she suggested that I take some time to reflect on my summer experience of raising money for St. Jude Hospital.  I’m not done yet! My donation page is still open till the end of September, and I plan to keep asking for donations!  But the daily juggling is done and now it’s time to get back to school.  Juggling for Jude has been a GREAT experience, and I have definitely learned a whole lot. I think I look at life in a different way now.

*I’ve learned that you can always make a change in the world.

*I’ve learned that small people can be capable of wonderful things.

*I’ve learned that I’m a good soccer juggler.

*I’ve learned that you can really do anything you set your mind to. It’s not just a quote–it’s really a true story! 🙂  (My mom likes this one the best)!

*I’ve learned that St. Jude is a great hospital and every kid should feel thankful that St. Jude exists. Even if you don’t have cancer, because they work to find cures, and really you never know what the future holds.

*I’ve learned that kids with cancer at St. Jude are the ones really doing the hard work. 

*I’ve learned that you should always set your sights and goals high.  The more you strive for, the more you will accomplish.

*I’ve learned that if you push through the hard parts in life, even when it feels really hard, there’s usually a light at the end of the tunnel.  You just have to keep with it.

*I’ve learned that there are amazing people in the world and many of them donated for Juggling for Jude. People can really come together to make a difference, and I am so lucky that people did that for my fundraiser.

Thank you for your support and your donations so far. And don’t forget, I’M NOT QUITE DONE YET!  My DONATION PAGE will stay open through the end of September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so please donate if you can and tell ALL of your friends and family to donate.  I really think we can get closer to $40,000, and that would mean more help for the kids at St. Jude who are fighting every second of every day! So, let’s go for it!

Oh, and one last thing: I still want to be on The Ellen Show. I think it would be super fun (I mean she’s funny, and I’m funny!), and I could juggle, and we could raise more money for St. Jude. So if you know how to help make that happen, please help!

Thanks for your support!

~Hollis

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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Day 43: 158 Juggles. Plus Check Out This Amazing News!

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Below is an email my mom helped me copy into my blog.  It’s from the people who run a company called Central Payment, and it tells some of their sales partners all about Juggling for Jude.  But they also offered to do something so generous. They are going to give the same amount as all of their sales partners, so really it’s double money for St. Jude Hospital!  My mom says that’s called matching donations.  I am so thankful to Matt and Zach Hyman and everyone at CPay for their support of Juggling for Jude.  It’s people like them who make the world a better place.

Today I squeezed in some juggling in between camp and soccer practice.  The pressure was on!  I got 158 juggles and raced off to practice.  Only a couple of weeks left–I can’t wait to see how much money we can all raise before this ends.

Thank you for your support, and remember to DONATE HERE!

~Hollis

Central Payment

As a part of CPAY’s philanthropic efforts, we want to extend a special fundraising campaign, called Juggling for Jude, to the entire CPAY family for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude’s mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

CPAY will match up to $5000 per donation from our Sales Partners for this worthy cause!

Juggling for Jude was brought to our attention by Hollis Belger, the 9-year-old daughter of the owner of a local gym that many CPAY employees are members of. Hollis plays soccer for a competitive soccer club in the Bay Area and her skills in juggling are AMAZING. She has a big heart and wanted to use her soccer skills for a great cause by helping the kids at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Visit Juggling for Jude’s Website

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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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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

 

Days 15 and 16: 101 and 178 Juggles. Plus a Boogie Board and a Donation from Some Really Nice People.

hollissurfing Quick juggling update before I head out to say goodbye to the beach and go to the airport: The day before yesterday was hard because the hotel was setting up tables for a wedding on my usual juggling spot.  I got 101.  Yesterday was better. I got 178 on my second try!

Afterwards, I walked over to get some homemade pancakes on the beach, and a nice girl a year older than me offered me to take this cool boogie board, since her vacation was ending.  Someone had given it to her when she got to Hawaii.  How cool is that?  I had my soccer ball with me, and it turns out that she plays soccer, too, and she also likes to juggle.  The adults she was with were so generous. I told them about Juggling for Jude, and they both took out $20 bills and gave them to my mom!  I was so happy!  Then, I ate my pancake and boogie boarded with my sister for hours.

It’s looking like we will pass the $7,000 mark today, which is so amazing.  We are only $70 short of that amount. Maybe your donation will put us over!  I can’t believe how much support I’ve gotten for this great cause.  The more I learn about St. Jude Hospital, the more I know my hard work is so important.

Thank you for your support, and keep telling your friends, because we have lots more money to raise!  You can donate here or pledge a per-juggle amount on my Facebook page by commenting on the page.  Every dollar helps a child with cancer get treatment for free!

~Hollis

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Juggling for Jude Coming to you from Hawaii. Kids at St. Jude don’t Get Vacations from Cancer, so I’m Juggling During Mine.

HollisjugglingMauiI’ve never been to Hawaii before!  It’s amazing here!  I took the day off from juggling yesterday, because we traveled and I just wanted to settle in and swim when we arrived. I was back at it this morning, and after playing around on the beach, I was lucky to find a grassy spot near the water to get in a few tries. I got 114 (video here).  Not close to my record, but it was time to snorkel, and every bit helps, so that’s 114 more JUGGLES FOR JUDE!  I am thinking about the kids at St. Jude who don’t get to take a vacation from their cancer. This will keep me juggling every day for the rest of my time here, no matter how hot I get!

You may not believe this, but at the time that I am posting this blog, JUGGLING FOR JUDE has raised $5,385 for St. Jude Hospital!!!! How amazing is that?  I am so thankful for the support from everyone who has donated. Please keep telling your friends, so we can reach my goal of $15,000 by the end of August.  The kids need our help!!!!!!  You can donate here or pledge on my Facebook page!  THANK YOU!!!!!

~Hollis

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