Our story

“PAB” is for Pia and Abbie; that’s us. We are lifelong friends. One of the things we share is knowing what it’s like to be in the hospital feeling lousy and scared. Abbie was diagnosed at age 13 in 2013 with Type 1 diabetes. Pia received her diagnosis in 2014 at the age of 14: Stage 2A Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Thanks to the wonderful care we received at Children’s Hospitals Pia is cancer free and Abbie has her diabetes under control.

With a lot of help from our families we started PAB’S PACKS in 2014 because we wanted to help kids who are going through long days in the hospital.

 

MEET THE TEAM

abbie

Chief Inspiration Officer

Abbie is a 18 year old curious teenager who loves being outdoors, especially around the Minneapolis lakes. She was diagnosed with type one diabetes in March of 2013, and is an advocate for other children living with the disease. She plays competitive lacrosse and tennis for her high school and loves printmaking. Mostly, she enjoys quality time with her family and friends.

 

Pia

Chief Inspiration Officer

Pia is a 17 year old energetic high schooler. She lives in Minneapolis and loves to walk around the Downtown lakes and do art projects. She plays tennis for her high school and she loves to spend time with her close-knit family and friends. Pia is currently in remission after a long year of treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 2A in 2014.

 

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STEPH

Chief Champion Officer

Steph has a background in education, advocacy, non-profit management and grant writing. She is passionate about cultivating community, leadership development and helping others achieve their dreams. In pursuit of her second masters degree, she is also an avid photographer, runner and outdoor enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys all the recreation the lakes area has to offer as well as frequenting the Cities' many local ice cream shops. 

 

MARTHA

Chief Idea Officer

Martha is an interior designer who has both an eponymous firm specializing in both commercial and residential interiors, and a retail store, Witt + Bliss,  that she just opened in June, 2015. She is inspired by beautiful design whether it is interiors, art, clothing or jewelry. She and her husband have two daughters, Lucy and Abbie and live near the Downtown Lakes. She enjoys pilates, walking around the lakes and watching her girls in their many endeavors. She feels honored to work with both Abbie and Pia for such a worthy cause and is in awe of how they have both handled their respective health challenges.