By. Dr. Allison Belger
It’s nice when you’re super busy, and your 9-year-old can do your writing for you! That’s what happened this afternoon. The article below is written by my daughter, Hollis, who worked her tail off this summer juggling her soccer ball and blogging about her efforts in order to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. As of this post, she has raised more than $31,000 for St. Jude, and is going strong through September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A Psychologist/Mom, I encouraged her to take some time to reflect on her experience as she prepares to head back to school tomorrow. Below is her post in its entirety. If you’re interested in more on her summer effort, please visit http://www.jugglingforjude.com.
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!