In May 2011, Wright was diagnosed with the rare high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. She underwent three months of chemotherapy and radiation.
In March, Wright learned the cancer had return. Shortly after her diagnosis, her husband, Rodney, was diagnosed with gastric cancer.
For the next few months, the couple underwent separate, but “together,” treatment. She had chemotherapy while he had chemotherapy and radiation. On Oct. 16, Rodney lost his battle with cancer.
Cancer treatment takes a physical, emotional and financial toll on individuals.
To help Joy Wright, friends and family have put together this benefit to help.
Joy has sewn seeds and given back to her community, having served in various volunteer capacities with Blood Assurance, American Red Cross, Keep America Beautiful, American Cancer Society, Festival of Cultures, Delta Sigma Theta, Chattanooga Advertising Federation and St. James Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America.
The concert and prayer gathering will be held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 799 Inman St. Local musical tributes will be given and Trent Williams of Chattanooga will be special guest.
Pastors Rhonda Westfield, Harry Johnson, Edward Robinson, G.R. Hill and Barbara Ector will be among the clergy offering encouragement and leading the prayer service.
Joy’s daughter Bianca is currently a sophomore at the University of Tennessee.