"My work supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the global fight against childhood cancer has given me great perspective and added enormous meaning to my life. In addition to helping change the face of this brutal disease, my hope is that Juggling for Jude, along with my public speaking and outreach, will inspire other young people to engage in sustained philanthropic projects."
Every year, roughly 11,000 American children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer. Of these, 2,000 die. When she was eight years old, Hollis Belger began raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by juggling her soccer ball. What started as a small endeavor became “Juggling for Jude," which has raised over $450,000 for the hospital, and a lifelong dedication to youth philanthropy. Hollis’s fundraising efforts support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission to provide free treatment to kids with cancer and to conduct cutting-edge cancer research. She speaks to kids, teens, and adults across the country about the devastating impact of pediatric cancer, and has inspired other young philanthropists to contribute to this and other causes. Hollis currently has a global Juggling for Jude Challenge social media campaign to fulfill her long-term goal of raising over $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.