After moving from her hometown of Chapel Hill to Manhattan in 2002, Cassie ran the Susan G. Komen race with friends each fall in honor of their mothers who were battling breast cancer. It wasn’t until 2007 when her own mother, Vicky, was diagnosed with breast cancer that she decided to focus her fundraising efforts on her hometown, at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Both of Cassie’s grandmothers were treated for cancer at UNC Lineberger and after staying by her mother’s side through chemo and radiation treatments, supporting UNC Lineberger was an easy decision. “I think about my mom and the excellent care she received and know I would want that for others,” she said.
To pay it forward, Cassie and Vicky created an event called “Girls’ Night Out”, an evening event held at Vicky’s home in Chapel Hill. Since Cassie is a talented designer and Vicky has a side business designing vintage jewelry, this mother-daughter team decided to use their talents to help others. This year the event included pink champagne, snacks, and raised proceeds through Vicky’s beautiful vintage jewelry creations and Cassie’s unique stationary, desk calendars, pillows, and fabrics. Not your typical fundraiser, this event was designed to feel like a party.
As Cassie noted, “We wanted a night where women could meet and mingle, a celebration of women and friendships.”
Although Cassie now lives in Brooklyn, NY working as a designer, she still feels a strong connection to her hometown of Chapel Hill and comes back nearly every month. Coming up on its fifth year this November, Girls’ Night Out has raised close to $4,000 for breast cancer research at UNC Lineberger.
Cassie explained, “UNC is where I would want to be taken care of. I hope that our donations continue to make the experience better for each and every woman who comes to Lineberger.”