Help Nicole Find a Cure!

Let’s Strike Out Liver Disease
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Our Story

Liver disease has become one of the nation’s fastest growing serious health concerns. I never knew that until it claimed the life of my daughter Nikki at the age of 24 in 2003. Nikki became ill with a very rare liver illness called Budd Chiari. It quickly took her life, but her spirit continues to live on.

Nicole Shawnte’ Ellis was full of life and passion. She was a 2000 graduate of Marquette University and was completing her master’s degree at Chicago State University when this disease claimed her life. She later dreamed of returning to Marquette to attend Law School. She loved all Marquette sports especially men’s and women’s basketball and was a manager of the women’s team. Nikki loved life and lived everyday to the fullest.

After much careful consideration, we have decided to support the American Liver Foundation (ALF) and endow The Nicole Ellis Scholarship Fund at Marquette University. This fund will be managed by the Ethnic Alumni Association at Marquette University to benefit students who might not otherwise be afforded a Marquette education. We are excited to honor our daughter and know that she and her spirit will live on through this legacy.

My family will never recover from the loss of Nikki. We feel her with us each day. Through the efforts of The Nicole Ellis Foundation we will continue to honor her life and her enduring spirit.

We hope we can count on your support and help us in our efforts.

Bo, Candy and Christina Ellis

Our Mission

The Mission of the Nicole Ellis Foundation is to keep Nicole’s spirit and passion alive in our memories by doing what she loved to do best… help others. The Foundation does this through contributions to The MU Ethnic Alumni Association and select non-for-profit organizations such as The American Liver Foundation, Variety of Wisconsin and The March of Dimes.

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With the support of donors like you, the Nicole Ellis Foundation can continue to help further the education of students through the Marquette University Ethnic Alumni Association. Donations also support educational and research efforts of the American Liver Foundation; helping to promote and protect the health and well-being of children of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin; and funds lifesaving research and programs to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality for The March of Dimes.

Four ways to become a supporter:
  1. Attend the 2018 Warrior Day Golf Outing
  2. Donate by mail
  3. Make a memorial gift
  4. Make a tribute gift

Feel free to contact us with any questions.


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The 12th Annual Warrior Day Golf Outing

We invite you to join us for the 12th Annual Warrior Day Golf Outing on Monday, July 15, 2019. The event has been a huge success in years past and helps to raise money to support the Nicole Ellis Foundation. Check out our pictures from our previous outings on the links below! You can also view the brochure and auction form below

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Bo was recently featured on ESPN’s 30 for 30 titled “Untucked”. The short film tells the story of how a jersey design helped lead a team to a national title. Read more…

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The Nicole Ellis Foundation
P.O. Box 569
South Holland, IL 60473
phone: 708-203-4708
fax: 708-596-2498


Four ways to become a supporter:
  1. Attend the 2018 Warrior Day Golf Outing
  2. Donate by mail
  3. Make a memorial gift
  4. Make a tribute gift

Nicole Ellis Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit Tax ID #27-0806313