Our teen founders know what it is like to be a sick teen in the hospital. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 13, Abbie’s life changed forever. By her side was best friend, Pia, who visited her in the hospital and took time to learn all about her friend’s chronic illness. Not a year later, roles were reversed when Pia was diagnosed with cancer: Hodgkins Lymphoma, Stage IIA. The girls always had each other and a large community of family and friends to support them but both soon realized that not all teenagers were as fortunate.
While hospitalized, both girls experienced the comfort gap that exists for adolescent patients in the hospital. Many times, activities and in-kind donations are geared toward younger patients and witnessing this themselves, Pia and Abbie set out to make a difference. With the help of Abbies mom, Martha, the girls founded PAB’S PACKS, backpacks filled with comfort items specifically selected with adolescent development (ages 10-19) in mind.
Over the last three years, PAB'S PACKS has donated thousands of packs through partnerships with children's hospitals and specialized summer camps. Every pack is made possible through the generous support of our donors and corporate sponsors.
Want to bring PAB'S PACKS to your hospital? Looking to donate your time, talent or treasure? We would love to hear from you!