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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It’s my Birthday Today! I’m 10! A Donation to St. Jude Would Make a Great Gift! Plus, Learning about Hoping and Wishing.

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DOUBLE DIGITS TODAY!

If you haven’t donated to St. Jude yet, maybe you can consider doing that today as a birthday gift to me! 🙂

My mom and I were looking at the St. Jude website yesterday. We found out how important hope is for kids with cancer and their families. Since I’m going to be blowing out candles and making birthday wishes today, my mom thought it would be good for me to read something on the St. Jude website that talks about the difference between wishing and hoping. I’m lucky that I can make birthday wishes. For the kids at St. Jude, hoping is more important. And donations can help bring hope to more kids with cancer and their families.  My hope is that in the future the kids there can make more wishes!

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Here’s the link to donate.

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Thank you for your support as we continue Juggling for Jude till the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September)!

~Hollis

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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ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? I JUST ROCKED 461 JUGGLES!!!!!!! DAY 51 of JUGGLING FOR JUDE!!!! I AM SO HAPPY!

Here is the video of my new record:

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I have now hit my summer juggling goal. Can you help me blast past my fundraising goal of $25,000?  I’d really really like to reach $30,000, because the kids at St. Jude Hospital are incredible fighters.  Before you head out to enjoy your holiday weekend, HEAD HERE TO DONATE!

Thanks for your support!  I feel so proud and excited!

~Hollis

Day 50: 174 Juggles (in my warmup!). Plus my Grandparents are Visiting and They Donated $1,000 to St. Jude!

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Today was my 50th day Juggling for Jude, raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  On my very first try I got 174 juggles.  I decided to try two more times and then stop, since I had a dance audition and soccer practice right after.  It was a good decision. Also, my grandparents came to visit from New York.  They had pledged to donate based on my juggling, but since I’ve been doing so many, they decided to donate $1,000!  I was so happy about that! They are very kind and generous people, so I’m not surprised.

Right now, I have raised $22,972! There are a few more big donations coming soon, so it’s looking great for me to get passed my goal of $25,000. I think my mom thinks I can raise $30,000. I hope so, because St. Jude Hospital is so awesome. They help kids who are just like me but they have cancer.

PLEASE DONATE NOW!  Every donation makes a difference for kids with cancer and can save lives of kids who might get it in the future.

Thank you for your support! Only a few more days of juggling to go!

~Hollis

Days 48 and 49: 126 and 152 Juggles. Plus the First $1,000 Donation and a Visit with a Special Baby as I Juggled!

HollisandCarterAfter my big record of 342, it turned out that my legs were tired yesterday.  My parents explained that it would be unusual to come back the day after a personal record and get another one. The good news is that getting 100 juggles is pretty much guaranteed now, but it’s still really hard work, especially when it’s hot out!  I sometimes get tired of having to do out and juggle, but I know I only have a few more days of my fundraiser, and the kids at St. Jude don’t get to choose when they stop fighting!

Today I got to meet this amazing baby named Carter. He is the son of my kindergarten teacher, and it was so great to see both of them. He is the cutest thing! He watched me juggle, but I’m not sure he even noticed! 🙂  I loved having him and his mom out there supporting me.

We are getting down to the end of my juggling.  Yesterday I got an INCREDIBLE donation from my mom and dad’s friends, Julie and Malcolm Whyte.  They donated $1,000 to help St. Jude Hospital!  $1,000! That is the highest donation yet, and I’m so appreciative!  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE donate if you can. It doesn’t have to be $1,000!  Every bit helps!  You can DONATE HERE NOW! My goal is still $25,000 by the end of August. I hope you can help me get there!

Thanks for your support!

~Hollis

PS  The videos of days 48 and 49 are here and here!

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