Notre Dame fan checks item off bucket list

An exciting game for Irish fans was especially meaningful to one Indianapolis woman and her daughter.

Elizabeth Morton has suffered some serious health problems over the past two years and just got out of rehab Friday.

Seeing the Irish play was at the top of her bucket list.

"I've always liked Notre Dame," Morton said. "I've watched them since I was a little girl."

So, with the help of her daughter, Morton's dream came true Saturday.

They made the trip up from Indy to Notre Dame's campus for the first time to see the Irish beat BYU.

"We didn't come all the way up here for her to see them lose," said Morton's daughter, Cindy McWilliams. "Them BYU fans in front of us are going to have to suck it up."

Morton and her daughter spent the afternoon bundled up, cheering the Irish on to a victory.

"It just means a lot that I'm even here to do something," Morton said. "I've done it all now."

The last time Morton had been to a college football game was 50 years ago, when she was pregnant with her daughter.

That made it McWilliams' first college football game ever.

"I've seen pro football games before, seen the Colts and stuff," McWilliams said. "But, this college atmosphere is just something different. It's really cool."

The two also had a chance to check out campus before the game, where they lit a candle in the famous grotto and admired the golden dome.

It made for a perfect day for the mother and daughter, who say they were happy they could make the memorable trip together.

"She's always been there for me and everything, so I figured I wanted to do whatever I could to make her last time however long it is," McWilliams said. "I said, if she comes home tomorrow and gets sick, at least I know she'll die happy because she got to come."

Morton has already checked several other items off her bucket list.

In May, she went on an Alaskan Cruise.

And two winters ago, she went on a one-horse open sleigh ride in Michigan.


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