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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fort Thomas Business Helps Fort Thomas Kid Run Off with the Circus

Joey Holt balancing the items he used to have to use to get around when first diagnosed with LCH. Provided. 

Joey Holt, an 8th grader at Highlands Middle School, has spent the last three years training with Circus Mojo and his hard work is about to pay off.

Holt will travel with Mojo, based in Ludlow, to Germany this summer. Barbara Thomas, owner of Fort Thomas Central, is going to help get him there.

RELATED: Fort Thomas City-Wide Yard Sale is Saturday, May 21 - Deadline to register your house is TODAY at noon. 

Holt has worked hard performing at birthday parties and daycares, babysitting and doing odd jobs for donations. He hopes to raise the rest of the money this Saturday, May 21 at the Fort Thomas city-wide yard sale. He will be setup at Fort Thomas Central on the corner of North Fort Thomas and Highland Avenues.

Thomas has offered to host Holt’s sale and in the yard of her business so he would be in a prime location. She is allowing others to setup at Fort Thomas Central for a small fee. She will donate the proceeds to Holt’s trip. People wanting booth space should contact Thomas at 859-609-6427.

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Holt met Paul Miller, the owner of Circus Mojo, at Children’s Hospital four years ago. Joey was fighting a rare cancer, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, and Paul, along with his staff, was performing in the waiting room of the orthopedic department while Holt waited for his appointments. Holt became so enthralled with the performers that he would ask his mom to schedule his appointments when Circus Mojo was scheduled to be there.

In the first few days, he learned to balance a feather and spin plates while sitting in a wheelchair, but he had a long recovery ahead of him. The next summer, his mom won a week of free camp at Circus Mojo from a local blogger. Holt fell in love with circus that week.
Joey Holt. Provided. 

With the help of Circus Mojo, physical therapy, occupational therapy, oncologists, therapists, orthopedic doctors, radiologists and many others, Holt won his battle against LCH. He went from being in a wheelchair and doctors not knowing if he would ever walk again to being able to walk on a cable wheel, do tricks in the German Wheel, walk on stilts, juggle, walk the tight rope and so much more.

“Working with Circus Mojo gave me the encouragement and strength I needed,” says Holt. It gave me something I love to focus on. I’m so thankful to everyone at Mojo.”

His determination has paid off. Circus Mojo has invited Holt, along with other local kids, to accompany them to Germany this summer where they will train and perform with Circ Pimparello.

But first, he has to raise the money for his trip.

Holt and his friend Julia Schmitz, also going to Germany this summer, will perform their circus acts in the yard for tips.

“I am so thankful for the support Mrs. Thomas has shown me over the years,” says Holt. “She donated money to Histio research before I even met her. She had read about me and wanted to help me. She is pretty great.”

Holt added that he is thankful to the entire community for being so supportive of him during his battle with LCH and now with raising money for Germany. “The support has been truly amazing. We live in a pretty great place.”

Good to Know:

·         Yard Sale is Saturday, May 21, from 9 am – 3 p.m. but some locations may close earlier

·         A listing of all addresses participating can be found at

·         Several families, including Joey Holt’s, will be setup at Fort Thomas Central – 3 North Fort Thomas Avenue

·         Call Barb Thomas at 859-609-6427 to reserve booth space at Fort Thomas Central

·         Drinks and baked goods for sale at Fort Thomas Central

·         Circus performers at Fort Thomas Central

·         Email to find out how you can donate to Holt’s trip, Circus Mojo Foundation or Histio research

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