Dutch Bros. to donate proceeds Wednesday to injured Kennewick teenager

By the Tri-City HeraldJuly 22, 2013 

Another fundraiser will be held for a 17-year-old Kennewick teen injured in a fall from a rope swing as her family continues to pray that she regains feeling in her legs.

Cassidy Almquist, who will be a senior at Southridge High School in the fall, fell 40 to 50 feet from a swing at a church camp in Eastern Oregon on July 15.

On Wednesday, the proceeds from all three Dutch Bros. Coffee stands in Kennewick will be donated to help pay for her medical expenses.

Almquist has several broken bones, including in her leg, pelvis and elbow and a crushed vertebra. But her spinal cord was not severed, giving friends and family hope that she could have a full recovery. She is being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Cassidy, who sings and plays the piano, was at the church camp to help with the music program and pitch in as needed.

She had taken a turn on the camp's rope swing, which has a cable stretched between two tall trees with a harness in the middle that was pulled up and back. When she pulled the release to start swinging, rather than starting to swing back and forth, she dropped straight to the ground, her father, Mark Almquist, told Dutch Bros.

She was wearing a helmet, which protected her head.

She is a regular at Dutch Bros., stopping by for coffee so often that the baristas know her.

The stands at 4305 W. Clearwater Ave., 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd. and 3 W. Columbia Drive are participating in the fundraiser for her medical expenses.

Donations also may be made to "DA Cassidy Almquist" at Sterling Bank, 138 Vista Way, Kennewick.

A Facebook page called "Praying for Cassidy" has information on her progress, prayer requests and more fundraisers.

"She could so easily have died," said her father in a statement. "We praise the Lord that we have a daughter to care for and nurse back to health.

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