Cassie’s Cause, a 501(c)(3) foundation, is dedicated to increasing the education and awareness around mental health, as well as eradicating the stigmas associated with mental illness, and is also dedicated to the prevention of suicide in young adults.
Please help me grow Cassie’s Cause!
The mental health crisis in America is in desperate need of initiatives and funding to bring awareness and education to stop the stigmas associated with mental illness and prevent suicide. Cassie’s Cause is focused on providing this in any way we find necessary. In supporting our cause, you will help to bring light and hope to the efforts of eradicating the stigmas associated with mental illness.
I began this cause in honor of my beautiful daughter, Cassie Chee, who fought a lifelong battle with mental illness. My hope is to keep Cassie’s memory alive and utilize this platform to spread her story so she can continue to touch people’s hearts and minds.
I sincerely believe Cassie is in the driver’s seat of this project and that this is her voice shining through me and this foundation. Cassie’s Cause will help me to stay grounded, motivated, and will give me a sense of purpose to serve others. Through her, I will attempt to do my part in destroying the stigmas associated with mental illness and create the ripple effect necessary to push forward and bring change.
Will you help me!?
~ Roseanne Chee – Cassie’s Mom
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, my life forever changed.
In the early morning, my husband and I woke to start the day, just like any other day. About a half-hour before my husband’s alarm rang, we heard our daughter, Cassie’s, alarm ringing. My husband groggily went to her bedroom to shut the alarm off and noticed that she was not there. This was not unusual though. There had been many occasions where Cassie woke extra early and came downstairs to use the family computer to tackle homework assignments.
The Vision is Birthed
There is no need to give you all the traumatic details that followed that day. Actually, those first few days are a complete blur…and yet…I can relive it over, and over, and over again. I spent most of my days in bed…one day after another…waking to the same reality…wondering how I would ever survive the loss of my precious daughter. I am not going to lie. I did entertain the thought of joining Cassie…that was always somewhere on my mind. I could not function…I could barely breathe…and the only thing I can say that kept me in this life was my older daughter, Lindsay. My poor baby girl had experienced so much loss in her short 19 years of life. She had just lost her baby sister. How could I ever add to that pain? It did not take long for me to realize that in no way ending my life was a possibility. So now what?