Thanks so so many amazing donors, together we passed the $450,000 mark last weekend! I am so grateful for all of the support and can’t wait till we get to $500,000, which has been my goal for the year!
Times are especially tough this year, but kids with cancer need our help, and it’s so reassuring to know that there are people out there who recognize the importance of St. Jude’s global effort to stop childhood cancer.
Thank you to everyone who has ever donated to Juggling for Jude, and I can’t wait till the day I can announce the $500,000 mark!
Last night, I got a new juggling record of 5,350 consecutive juggles! It took me 56 minutes and a ton of focus and determination. It was hard, but not as hard as having cancer. I’m hoping this inspires some donations to help save kids with cancer through the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Here is video proof:
Maybe you will DONATE $5.35 or $53.50 or $535 or ANY AMOUNT in honor of my effort and in support of the fight against childhood cancer!
During COVID times, one of the things I miss most is public speaking. While I’ve done some great talks virtually with school groups and soccer teams and even adults fundraising for St. Jude, I miss the feeling of expressing myself, promoting my mission, and inspiring other people to engage in philanthropy in a live setting! Below are two super quick clips from last November when I was asked to speak on a panel for the annual awards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I think they are especially good reminders of what is clearly so important these days: getting young people to think about other people and about how we can ALL make a difference if we care!
Thanks for watching, and remember that my fundraising is going strong this summer with my Juggling for Jude Challenge and all of my other work, so please feel free to support with a donation to help kids with cancer. Just go HERE any time!
The timing of the launch of my Global Juggling for Jude Challenge was unfortunate! These have been tough times for our country and our world, and understandably people have been focused on causes impacting the lives of people around the world. Many of the professional athletes who had committed to juggling for kids with cancer on my behalf felt a need to postpone their participation until they feel ready to shed light on causes other than racism and global human rights. This makes total sense. And at the same time, kids with cancer worldwide continue to fight cancer and to have their lives taken from them far too soon. The doctors and scientists at St. Jude continue to work for cures and to offer treatment at no charge to kids of all backgrounds, races, religions, and financial standing, just as founder Danny Thomas would want.
I have highlighted on my social media channels that St. Jude was founded by Danny Thomas to treat ALL children, and he specifically chose the racially segregated city of Memphis for the hospital, to prove this commitment. St. Jude was the first fully integrated hospital in the south, and this history is alive and well, and to me, that is a really important part of the hospital’s mission!
Below are just a few of the MANY people who have participated in the Juggling for Jude Challenge! There are many professional soccer players in there, people of various races, and ages (8-55!), and people from Canada to Mexico to Texas to Indiana, to places all around the US! My hope is to keep getting people juggling and donating, so please help me spread the word! You can go HERE to see all of the details on how you can juggle for a minute to help save the life of a child with cancer!
Here are some of my thoughts from a recent interview on the future of our world, with my generation leading the way:
Mine is the most tech-savvy generation and have grown up with social media. I’m so happy to see that we are using it in a way to make change and a way to spread awareness. I’m very optimistic and hopeful and I think that we will take over and help fix the injustices in our society, and we are starting to see that now. I launched this Juggling for Jude Challenge and the timing isn’t great, but the way that I see it is that St. Jude was created in place where there was mass segregation in Memphis, Tennessee, and one of the main goals of St. Jude was to not just treat kids with cancer but treat kids of ALL races, and that was something that wasn’t very common at that time. Black kids didn’t have access to the same kind of medical treatment as white kids. So I think that this is all very connected, and we need to keep in mind that there are a lot of things that need to change, and hopefully will change, in this world, and I think they are all linked in some way. They all need attention, and we can all make a difference!
If you’d like to donate to help kids with cancer around the world, you can do that HERE.
I’m so excited to launch the GLOBAL JUGGLING FOR JUDE CHALLENGE using soccer juggling to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the global leader in childhood cancer treatment and research.
Please stay tuned to my social media channels to see my juggling videos and to hear about all of the amazing people I’ll be challenging to participate.
Here’s how it works:
STEP ONE: Record a video of yourself juggling for one minute. If you drop the ball, just pick it up and start over.
STEP TWO: Record a video explaining why you’re juggling and challenging/tagging 10 friends, family, acquaintances. You can say something like this:
“Hey everyone. Today I’m donating $10 and using my soccer skills to take the #JugglingForJude Challenge to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. #ChildhoodCancer doesn’t shelter in place. @stjude needs our support more than ever! The goal is to get as many touches as possible in one minute while helping St. Jude fight childhood cancer. The challenge was started by Hollis Belger, now 15, when she was 9 years old. Her goal is to raise one million dollars for kids with cancer. Swipe to see my video. I got XXXX juggles and I challenge XXXX (x10 or more people) to join me and help Hollis. Everyone can participate, so don’t wait around to get tagged! Grab a ball, get juggling, and DONATE!
STEP 3: Post your videos on social media using the hashtags below.
I announced that on Monday, June 1st, I’ll be launching the official #JugglingforJudeChallenge! I’ll be juggling for one minute, donating $10 right here on my website, and then tagging some professional athletes to help me kick off the challenge, tag their friends and family and teammates, and hopefully it will take off from there! My goal for this challenge is to get to the $1 Million mark for St. Jude! If we can get enough people doing it, I truly think this is possible! Please join me on social media on June 1st and join in the juggling and the donating and the fun! Stay tuned for more on that!
JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai Watt heard about the challenge and sent in a super generous donation to St. Jude on my behalf and also sent me a really nice note. It doesn’t get much better than having two amazing athletes and role models in philanthropy donate to your cause!
Then, tonight, I was on KRON4 TV News, with one of my favorite reporters, Kate Rooney, who covered my story back when I first started at age 9. I’m so grateful for her help in spreading the word about the Challenge and about my virtual juggling lessons! You can watch the story here:
As always, if you would like to DONATE to St. Jude, you can do that HERE.
Thank you for your support, and keep your eyes out for the Juggling for Jude Challenge launch on June 1st!
Since sheltering in place, I’ve moved my soccer juggling lessons online and have had a great time helping people develop their skills while also raising money for St. Jude! I’ve had clients ranging in age from 10-40-something and have raised more than $400 this way so far! Please reach out if you would like to schedule a lesson. You can email my mom at firstname.lastname@example.org to set it up.
You can read a story about my lessons in the San Francisco Chronicle HERE!
And if you just want to donate, you can do that HERE!
Rick Shadyac is the CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude, and he is in one of my heroes because of his lifelong dedication to curing childhood cancer. In his message to St. Jude supporters today, he told my story and quoted me as saying that “Cancer doesn’t shelter in place.” I have been really worried about how St. Jude is going to meet its fundraising needs during the pandemic. Mr. Shadyac’s article shows some important numbers, and I hope you will consider donating to help the needs of the hospital! You can do that HERE. Every dollar helps the kids at St. Jude and kids with cancer around the world!