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

 

 

Days 27 and 28: 128 and 151 Juggles. Plus An AMAZING gift from Ireland and a Reminder of why St. Jude is so Awesome!

hollisirelandjfjYesterday, right before I went out to juggle, something amazing came in the mail.  It was a package from a woman named Sandra, all the way from Ireland!  I’ve never met Sandra, but she’s a friend of my mom’s friend, Dr. Doug, and she has been seeing all about Juggling for Jude on Facebook.  Sandra sent a very generous donation to St. Jude, but she didn’t stop there.  She also sent me some special chocolates from Ireland and the nicest note of support I’ve received yet.  She told me at the end that I’ve “added and extra ray of sunshine” to the summer.  That made me smile and made my mom cry.  Thank you, Sandra!

Something else came in the mail right before my juggling. It was a magazine from St. Jude telling all about the amazing things they do there for kids with cancer.  There was a picture of a little baby with cancer, and I kept him in my mind as I juggled.  St. Jude is doing some really great things for sick kids and their families.  You should really see their website so you know just how special this hospital is.  Please donate if you can. Every bit helps!

Oh, and if you’re keeping track, I got 128 juggles yesterday and 151 juggles this morning at 8am before camp.  I’m learning that it’s really hard to juggle after a long day in 100-degree weather, so I got out there early today!

Thanks for your support, and keep thinking about the kids at St. Jude who need our help!

~Hollis

Days 25 and 26: 151 and 98 Juggles. Plus I’m Tired but Inspired!

FILLYFANjugglingOn Monday, I took the day off after my record juggle of 326 on Sunday. Yesterday I got 151 and today was only my second time under 100 since week one (I got 98).  I was at camp all day then had 3 hours of dance class. Then I went out to juggle, and the winds were so gusty I had to wait till later.  Plus, we all wanted to watch our amazing friend, Marcus Filly, compete in the second event at the CrossFit Games.  He was AWESOME to watch! I felt so inspired, so I decided to wear my mom’s FILLY FAN shirt while I juggled.  I got super hot, so I took it off, but not before my mom got this picture of me in it!  I’m sending all my good thoughts to Marcus.  He started the competition off with a lower finish than he wanted, but he’s already fighting back. I can relate to that, because I sometimes have to fight my frustration to get a higher juggle number.  Even when I’m super tired like today.  Tomorrow is another day of chances for me and Marcus, and I think we will do great! I know I’ll be cheering for him!

By the way, I’m getting close to the $11,000 mark for St. Jude Hospital!  This is so amazing!  My new goal is $20,000 by the end of August, and I think we can do it!  I’m going to keep juggling when I’m tired, because it’s the least I can do for the sick kids at St. Jude.  They need my help!

Please, please donate if you can, and tell all of your friends, especially if they love kids, or soccer, or the CrossFit Games, or sports, or helping other people, or just being nice people. That about covers everyone! 🙂

Thanks for the support!

~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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