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'Hero' regardless of age
Child runs to raise $500 for nonprofit
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Kassie Arps reacts to receiving thank you notes for the work she did to raise $500 for Abba House. Sitting next to her is the facility’s founder, Jim Sharp. - photo by Autumn Vetter
When you’re not quite 8 years old, running a 5K may seem like a big challenge.But for Kassie Arps, who’s quick to state her age as “seven and three-quarters,” it wasn’t that daunting.She completed the Fifth Annual Abba House Run for Recovery in mid-May in just 28 minutes and 28 seconds.She also managed to raise $500 for the facility, which provides long-term care and treatment to women dealing with problems such as drug and alcohol abuse or emotional issues. Abba House also offers a home to their children as the women undergo recovery. Arps learned about Abba House through her church, The Vine Community Church on Bethelview Road, said her mother, Patricia Arps.