Tumor Survivor, Health Student And Miss Florida USA Candidate : Cynthia Lau On The Importance Of Medical Research Funding

"If a problem arises, come up with a solution, and run with it”.  The gorgeous Cynthia Lau, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Florida USA, lives by this mantra since she was 13 years old, when she was diagnosed with a Gastro Intestinal Tumor - "Utilizing my voice as an outlet to tell my story on behalf of those affected by cancer and life-threatening illnesses has been one of the biggest accomplishments in my life to date" - she explained.

Current estimates for the total number of GIST cases each year in the United States range from about 4,000 to about 6,000. These tumors can start anywhere in the GI tract, but they occur most often in the stomach (about 60%) or the small intestine (about 35%). Until the late 1990s, not much was known about these tumors (and doctors didn’t have good ways of identifying them with lab tests).

Cynthia is currently a senior completing her Bachelor's Degree at Florida International University majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Public Health. In the near future, she will specialize in Health Policy and Management to help find compelling solutions for health care and public health problems on a global scale.

Her biggest and proudest work to date has been alongside the Make a Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the American Cancer Society: Cancer Action Network - "My role as an intern, volunteer, and now ambassador for these organizations have allowed me to go to Congress and speak to legislators on the importance of medical research funding, cancer prevention, and treatments. Furthermore, they have offered me a chance to share my story as a survivor and health student, and for this I am eternally grateful."

Ballroom dance, belly dance, acting, and piano are her favorite pastimes. She has been a dancer all her life being trained in ballroom dance and belly dance. Cynthia's dedication towards her goals, and her success which has been a result of her ambitions and efforts, will surely take her long on the road of victory. Discover more about her story below!

We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference? 

The essence of a beauty queen is more than meets the eye. We now live in a world were beauty and brains can coexist without having to be apologetic. For me being compassionate, resilient, but above else empowering in all that I do has helped me reach my goals.  The journey begins when we start believing in ourselves, however, the true impact lies in implementing and creating to actually make things happen. 

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You have Chinese, Spanish and Cuban roots. What makes you proud about your culture?

Is it okay to say the food? LOL. For me being ethnically diverse is nurturing. I am proud to say that because of where I come from, I am who I am. Today, I am grateful that my parents always made me culturally aware. Having visited 14 countries, I learned that loving where you come from is a gift but getting to immerse oneself in other cultures is a feeling like no other.


What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?

One, you are already a queen. Two, don’t be afraid to be different and show your true essence because that is an empowering thing.

What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants?

 Change. Pageantry offers an outlet to create change. There’s hidden knowledge in every stage one steps’ on. I am grateful for the opportunities, the people, and the journey yet to continue. 


Thanks to the beautiful Cynthia for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Florida USA pageant.