Car wash helps raise funds for ‘Christy’s Legacy of Hope’

A charity car wash at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Taylor will raise funds for Christy’s Legacy of Hope.

The car wash is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 6, at the Texas Roadhouse at 14660 Pardee Road, just north of Eureka Road. Cars will be washed in exchange for donations – and everyone that 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 young Taylor woman who died of a rare form of cancer on May 6, 2010.

Before she was diagnosed, Christy 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.

Christy worked at Texas Roadhouse as a teen-ager.

Family and friends describe Christy as an energetic, beautiful, young lady that had many passions in life.

She was a Truman High School graduate that 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 for The News-Herald Newspapers 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, Christy loved to work with children and volunteered to do many activities with them.

After high school graduation, Christy went on to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she received a Master's Degree. It was during her years at Liberty that Christy 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.

Christy 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 Christy 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. For more details, visit the website www.christyslegacyofhope.com.