Adam, Polly, Nora, and I are excited to be walking and supporting Team DFL this year. Please consider donating to our cause and support organ and tissue donation.
Team DFL's story:
We lost our brother Ed Walters suddenly on September 28, 2019. Amid our grief, we learned Ed was an organ donor. His generosity meant that other families got experience the joy of extended lives and improved quality of life.
We decided to turn our grief into action. Our friend Ellen Lanser May (ND ’92) received a liver transplant from a living organ donor, so organ donation is also near and dear to her heart. On December 3, 2019, Ellen, Denise and I, along with other friends, participated in our first Summit for Life as Team DFL. “Team DFL” was a favorite joke of Ed’s and the name of his roller hockey team. We did him proud in 2019, coming in dead effing last (half the team came from sea level the day or two before!), but being first in fundraising.
Team DFL will again be participating in the Summit for Life 22 – largely a team of Notre Dame alumni. Joining the team this year are Jane Nicknish Ambro (ND ‘97), Adam Ambro (ND ‘97) and their daughters Nora and Polly (ages 16 and 14). Jane’s father Dr. Stephen Nicknish (ND ‘64) received a life-extending bone marrow donation from his sister during a valiant battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma before succumbing in 2001. Other Team DFL first timers include Ed’s wife Tara Lynch Walters (ND ‘95) and Jennifer Pae (ND ‘92) — her dad donated a kidney to a younger brother in the mid-1980s. Along with Denise Walters Zubrod (ND ‘92) and Lara Walters Hoffmans (ND ‘97), Team DFL will race (ok … “race”) to honor Ed (ND ‘95) and Stephen, and celebrate Ellen (ND '92) and her family, who will all be cheering us on.