Car wash to raise funds for Christy’s Legacy of Hope

TAYLOR – A charity car wash at Texas Roadhouse, 14660 Pardee, will raise funds for Christy’s Legacy of Hope.
The car wash is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6. Cars will be washed in exchange for donations – and everyone who donates will receive a free appetizer.
Christy’s Legacy of Hope is a nonprofit organization to help underprivileged orphan children around the world. It was established following the death of Christy DePriest Wright, a Taylor woman who died of a rare form of cancer on May 6, 2010.
Before she was diagnosed, Wright spent five weeks teaching English to orphaned children in China. She fell in love with her students and hoped to one day return to China and care for the orphaned children.
Wright worked at Texas Roadhouse as a teen-ager.
Family and friends describe Wright as an energetic, beautiful, young lady that had many passions in life.
She was a Truman High School graduate who was involved in so many facets of student life. She was president of her class two years, a cheerleader, prom queen, a member of the homecoming court, high school news reporter and a member of the National Honor Society.
She worked for the city of Taylor and played the flute. She was also involved in a variety of activities at Beacon Baptist Church.
Also, Wright enjoyed working with children and volunteered to do many activities with them.
After high school graduation, she went on to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where she received a master’s degree. It was during her years at Liberty that Wright traveled to China to teach English, attending to the needs of children there.
Her passion for this cause can be traced to an essay she wrote while attending Hoover Middle School in Taylor. She wrote about a baby she had seen in a magazine that had been abandoned by his parents. The essay was published by Kaleidoscope Magazine. Her trip only increased her desire to return to China one day.
Wright married Corey Wright in the summer of 2007 and they both felt compelled to fulfill this dream. They were residing in Virginia and were only two years into their marriage when she was diagnosed with hepatic epithelioid emangioendothelioma, a rare form of cancer of the outer lining of the blood vessels.
Family and friends formed Christy’s Legacy of Hope in her memory.