Red Vest Review

Red-Vested Rockstar: Abby Lukowicz

Abbie-Lukowicz-Red-Vested-RockstarWhy she ROCKS?! “I’m currently a Pre-Med/Biology student at the University of St. Thomas, graduating this May. I first heard about Children’s Hospital after my roommate, Andrea, would come home from her volunteer shifts practically glowing from all of the amazing experiences she had helping out families and patients. I absolutely love working with kids, and since I’m looking to go into pediatrics after Medical School, I applied to Children’s and have been loving my decision ever since!”

Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “I enjoy running (I’m currently training to run my first marathon!), reading books, doing Toxicology research in a Biology lab at school, and hanging out with friends.”

Do you have any kids or pets of your own?  “I have a Shih Tzu named Bug and two fluffy cats named Figaro and Dexter.”

If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “If I could create a new candy bar, it would have lots of espresso beans, salted caramel, and dark chocolate. I’d call it the ‘It’s Monday…Where’s the Caffeine?’ bar.”

Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “There aren’t enough fingers on my hands or toes on my feet to count my favorite volunteer stories and experiences! But if I had to choose one that stood out most, it would be when I encountered a patient who was a cancer survivor and had stayed at Children’s for an extended time while in treatment. His mom asked if I could take them to the rooftop garden; once we got there, mom and son began to reminisce on the long hours the family spent at the garden when he was in the hospital. While her son played with the water fountain, the mom expressed how thankful she was to see her son healthy, and able to visit and play… much different than the last time they were there. This made me realize how fragile life can be and how we shouldn’t take the little things for granted.”

Jenna Van Proosdy