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Kennewick, Wash. - Dutch Bros. Coffee Donating All Proceeds to 17-Year-Old Seriously Injured By Fall

22-Jul-2013

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Kennewick, Wash. (July 22, 2013) — On Wednesday, July 24, all three Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Kennewick will donate all of the day’s proceeds to helping the family of 17-year-old Cassidy Almquist pay for expenses resulting from a swing accident that occurred on July 15.

Cassidy was demonstrating a pendulum swing at a church camp in Eastern Oregon when the harness snapped, dropping her 45-50 feet to the ground. The accident caused a crushed vertebra, resulting in paralysis from the waist down, and a broken leg, pelvis and elbow. She also has a badly severed tongue.

As of July 21, dad Mark Almquist reports that Cassidy still has no feeling from the waist down, but he and wife Kari have great hope that she can fully recover. “We’re still trusting there’s a potential for healing,” said Mark. “It’s possible. We have hope.”

Dutch Bros. Kennewick owner-operators Nate and Krisanna Frary learned about the accident from baristas who have become friends with Cassidy after seeing her come through the stand regularly. “It touched all of our hearts, and we wanted to help her out,” said Nate.

“It’s been a blessing to have so many people come behind us and support her, and she truly is the Dutch Bros. queen,” said Mark. “She goes there every day. They know her smiling face, always happy.”

Cassidy will turn 18 on Aug. 16 and will be a senior this year at Southridge High School. “She sings like an angel, putting the angels to shame I would say,” says Mark. He says she has a servant heart and went to camp to help with the music program, do dishes and whatever else needed to be done.

Mark described the swing as an aircraft cable stretched between two tall trees with a harness in the middle. A rope on the back of the harness was connected to a third point behind and pulled Cassidy upward and back. When Cassidy pulled the quick release, rather than swinging forward like a pendulum, she dropped straight down, landing in the fetal position on the ground.

Cassidy was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and, thankfully, didn’t suffer any brain damage. She was initially flown to Richland and currently is being treated in Seattle.

“She could so easily have died. We praise the Lord that we have a daughter to care for and nurse back to health,” says Mark, who asks that the community pray for Cassidy’s full recovery.

Dutch Bros. Kennewick stands are located at 4305 W. Clearwater Ave., 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd., and 3 W. Columbia Dr. There will also be jars available for customer donations.

If you can’t make it by a Dutch Bros. on Wednesday, you can also support the family by making a donation to “DA Cassidy Almquist” at Sterling Bank at 138 Vista Way in Kennewick.

To send the family words of encouragement and to follow Cassidy’s progress, visit www.facebook.com/PrayingForCassidy.