The Nicole Ellis Foundation

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Help Nicole
strike out
liver disease!

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About Nicole

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.

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  • of $25,000 goal
  • Raised by 246 donors

Julia’s Story

This fundraiser is for Julia Hunter and her family to offset medical expenses. Julia is the eldest of 4 children and is going into her senior year at Newburgh Free Academy High School in NY. She is also a member of the varsity baseball team and has been named a captain next year!

In December 2016 Julia was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), after ‘a lifetime of pain and eight years of tests, misdiagnoses and ill health’. EDS is a genetic condition that means connective tissue holding the body together is faulty and too weak, causing extreme widespread pain, daily dislocations, cardiac abnormalities and multiple other illnesses. It affects around one in 5,000 people worldwide.

With her strong will and EVERYONE’S prayers and support, we all believe Julia will strike out cancer and smile in the face of adversity! It’s time we come together and help Julia and her family in this time of need!! Please help in any way you can!

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The Nicole Ellis Foundation

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

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Upcoming Event

We invite you to join us for the 11th Annual Warrior Day Golf Outing on July 16, 2018. 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.

In the News

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.

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