My name is Hollis, and I’m 15 years old. In the fall of 2013, when I was 8, I joined a competitive soccer team and starting learning to juggle a soccer ball to develop my skills. At my mom’s suggestion, I decided I could use my soccer skills to find a way to give back. My mom told me about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is a hospital for kids who were just like me, except that they have cancer. I did some research on the hospital, fell in love, and knew I wanted to help! at St. Jude, kids are treated FREE OF CHARGE, getting the best cancer care in the world. The following summer, when I was 9, I started juggling as a way to fundraise for St. Jude’s lifesaving mission.
Since then, through a combination of soccer juggling, appearances at special events, and public speaking, I have raised $450,000 with more than 1,500 different individuals donating to my cause. I am grateful for the support of every single donor and anyone who has ever shared my story!
But, kids with cancer aren’t cured with $450,000, so I’m still at it, juggling, teaching at clinics, public speaking, and doing as much outreach as I can. I’ll keep juggling and speaking until kids no longer get cancer, and I hope you’ll support Juggling for Jude as my move forward with my mission! Next stop: $500,000!
Here’s a video of my current record of 5,350 juggles, which I got on July 10, 2020! It took 56 minutes, 3 seconds, which is a pretty long time to be juggling! I’ll keep juggling every day, because I know that the more I juggle, the more money I can raise!
You can help in one of 2 ways:
1. Choose an amount and head over to my St. Jude personal fundraising page to donate directly, now.
2. Take the JUGGLING FOR JUDE CHALLENGE and post your video and then donate $10 or more to help the cause!
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The video below shares the story of how I got started Juggling for Jude. This is my acceptance speech from June, 2017 when I was honored by ALSAC (the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) for my fundraising and awareness raising efforts. While I’m now a lot older and have spoken many times since this speech, I think it tells my story well. Thanks for watching!