Cassie Nguyen is a native of California and attends the University of California, Riverside, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Communications. She is a recipient of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship and plays numerous important roles as a volunteer with the organization. She has been an ACS Legislative Ambassador since 2007 and met with lawmakers all over the country lobbying for the passage of public health legislation that focuses on the survivorship of cancer patients. She advocates for the organization by educating local community members and schools about cancer issues, prevention and lifesaving detections. She also promotes the goals of ACS through her letters to local newspapers. Being a cancer survivor herself, Cassie often speaks at ACS fundraiser events such as Relay for Life and Daffodil Days to raise cancer awareness.
Cassie is also a mentor at the Heads Up Conference (HUC) sponsored by the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Mak-a-Dream. HUC is a special and unique conference where young survivors of brain tumors work together on issues related to attending college, finding a job, seeking health insurance and much more. Mentors lend peer support to other teen and young adult brain tumor survivors and patients.
In addition the American Cancer Society Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship, Cassie is the recipient of the Timilie Woodruff Memorial Endowed Scholarship.