Cassidy finds strength five months later

Cassidy finds strength five months later »Play Video
KENNEWICK, Wash. - It's been a long five months for one Kennewick teen, you know her as Cassidy. The last time we spoke with the Southridge senior she was still adjusting to life in a wheelchair, but now she is learning to get herself out of it.

If you were to see Cassidy Almquist today playing behind the piano - you wouldn't know she's hurt. Just five months ago she fell four stories off a tire swing, shattering her vertebrae and breaking her leg, elbow, sternum, ribs, and pelvis, restricting her to a wheel chair.

"This is how my life is right now and I just have to go with it, but it's not stopping me from getting out of this chair," said Cassidy.

And Cassidy is well on her way, the last time we spoke, she could barely lift an empty coffee cup. Now she has the strength to lift herself out of her wheelchair.

"Each day, even if it's bad or a good day, I'm still getting stronger," said Cassidy.

But it's not easy, it takes Cassidy two hours to get going in the morning each day. She has seen over 50 doctors since her accident and receives physical therapy three times a week. She gets check-ups on the west side and in Portland from time to time.

"It's hard, but it's not stopping me, I'm still pushing through," said Cassidy.

Cassidy has become a celebrity in the community, getting recognized when she goes out in public.

"It keeps me going when people come up to me, saying I'm an inspiration to them, people I don't even know," said Cassidy.

Cassidy doesn't know if she will be able to graduate with her classmates, but to her, it's just another lesson to not take anything for granted.

"That's not what I wanted or thought would ever happen, but it's what needs to happen," said Cassidy.

Cassidy has been making more and more public appearances these days. She will be performing a concert at the annual First Night Tri-Cities New Year's Eve celebration at the Three Rivers Convention Center.