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Abby Staible, PA-C, MMSc

Abby Staible, PA-C a graduate of the 2007 Emory PA Program, has worked in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT since February 2008. She never thought that oncology was a field of medicine that she wanted to pursue during her training at Emory, but when the opportunity presented itself she jumped on it. At the time she was unsure of what it would look like to care for cancer patients, but she felt like the job found her. It wasn’t long before she felts that she was created to work in the oncology field. She was overwhelmed by the strength and passion that her patients showed every day battling for their lives against daunting odds. She recognized that she was given a huge opportunity to be a positive light for her patients under such dark circumstances. After about 2 years she started to think about how to encourage her patients to live life following their cancer diagnosis and treatments. So, she started dreaming about creating a program that could walk individuals through their fears all the while equipping them with tools to embrace life to its full. In May, 2012 this dream became a reality with the creation of Epic Experience.

AbbyEpic Experience was created with one mission – to offer hope to individuals who have been affected by cancer. Through personal discovery, cancer survivors will discover that cancer no longer defines them, but is simply part of their life journey.  The Epic Experience program offers free week-long outdoor experiences to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as their caregivers. Through adventure based activities such as horseback riding, hiking, snow shoeing, backcountry skiing, whitewater kayaking, and climbing we will push our participants beyond their fears and celebrate their accomplishments, all the while teaching them that fear no longer defines them; that, in fact life does continue even after a cancer diagnosis.

 We seek to equip our participants with the necessary tools to practice wellness throughout their experience at Epic as well as when they return home. We acknowledge that wellness embodies mind, body, and spirit. Our goal is to promote a balance for individuals that empowers them to utilize the skills learned at Epic in their everyday life.

 Our goal is to provide 10 camps to cancer survivors as well as their caregivers in 2013 at a beautiful 200 acre ranch just west of Vail, CO. Check out the Epic Experience website for more information: www.epicexperience.org.     

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