Summer was especially busy for Nick's Picks. When the school year coming to a close
it was time for Nick to make his annual trip to Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
It was also time to deliver more backpacks to Memorial Children's Hospital of South Bend.
We asked Nick to share his thoughts on Notre Dame, Lacrosse camp and most important
Children's Hospital of South Bend.
It's a great place, the people are really friendly. It was the first place I visited after transplant.
I loved the Notre Dame campus. It's beautiful and the lacrosse fields are great. During my third year at Coach Corrigan's lacrosse camp, in 2015, I started Nick's Picks at the Memorial Children's Hospital of
South Bend. I wanted to give something back to the community because of the happy memories I have
been able to make there, and all of the support I have received.
Who do you spend your days there?
I wake up early and hit the field at 8:00am for the morning session (lacrosse). After lunch it's time for a second session,we have dinner and play lacrosse until 8:00 pm
free time. I use my free time to explore the campus and visit my favorite spots. I also use this time to go to the hospital and visit the kids.
What is your favorite part of the campus at Notre Dame?
I love the grotto. I always go and light candles for my hospital buddies. I also really like the Golden Dome, which is one of the main buildings. It's very cool the way it glows in the sun.
What is your s
tandout memory from the trip?
Getting to visit with the kids at the hospital and seeing
Becky Wachs, the Child Life Specialist. She is a really
great person and very devoted to her job. I really loved
that the kids I met there were all so cheerful. It's hard to
be cheerful when your sick. The lacrosse at camp is
great, but the joy I feel in visiting the hospital and making
a difference for the sick
kids is the best.
What's the best part about coming home?
Sleeping in my own bed and seeing my pup Maverick.
When will you go back?
Next summer, for sure, South Bend and Notre Dame have such a special place in my heart it is
nice to have an excuse to go back. There will be a lot of shipments of backpacks to the kids
between now and then!
|Nick and Lexie enjoying some of the
Notre Dame scenery
Nick with Becky Wachs from Memorial Children's Hospital of South Bend