Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst is being honored by her family and loved ones.
Kryst’s family has released a statement ahead of what would have been the Extra correspondent’s 31st birthday on Thursday.
“On April 28, Cheslie would have turned 31 years old,” wrote parents April and David Simpkins. “As that date approaches, we are already experiencing a remarkable outpouring of love and support for our Cheslie, for which we are tremendously grateful.”
“Many have asked how best to honor Cheslie’s memory on her birthday,” they continued. “This is an individual decision, and we would not presume to decide how any fan, friend, or former colleague should remember Cheslie or memorialize her on her upcoming birthday.”
However, they noted there are only four “approved organizations that are set up to receive charitable donations in her honor.”
Those organizations are Dress For Success – The Cheslie Kryst Women’s Advancement Fund; Wake Forest University School of Law – The Cheslie C. Kryst Social Justice Scholarship; University of South Carolina – The Cheslie C. Kryst Scholarship Fund; and The Dean’s List – The Cheslie C. Kryst Woman In Media Award.
Her parents said no other groups are currently authorized to use Kryst’s name and likeness for advertising or trade, warning against those “seeking to profit improperly from our daughter’s memory.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Maria Pasquini