Dance event to benefit injured Southridge High teenager

By the Herald staffAugust 29, 2013 

Cassidy Almquist Birthday

August 17, 2013 - Cassidy Almquist, center, and her parents, Kari and Mark Almquist, talk Friday evening about returning earlier this week to their Kennewick home after spending about a month at a Seattle hospital. Cassidy, who celebrated her 18th birthday Friday, was seriously injured in a fall from a swing while at a church camp in Oregon.

BOB BRAWDY — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

KENNEWICK -- Supporters have organized a "Dancing for Cassidy" event to raise money for a Southridge High School senior seriously injured in a fall in mid-July.

Cassidy Almquist, 18, crushed vertebrae in her back and broke other bones when she fell more than 40 feet from a rope swing at an Eastern Oregon church camp. She recently returned home for a short stay before going to Seattle for her first round of physical therapy.

The event will run all day at Synergy Dance Project, 3810 Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Classes in various dance styles from cheer to Zumba will be taught from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A dance-a-thon runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and is open to all ages. Participants are asked to pledge to dance for four hours and get friends and family to be sponsors.

There also will be a drawing, kids' activities and games.

For more information, go to the Praying For Cassidy page on Facebook or email

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