By Andrea Lucia

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM)– Watching cars lap the Texas Motor Speedway, Todd Eaddy couldn’t help but think how much his daughter would have enjoyed herself.

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“She would just be jumping up and down, thinking this is the coolest thing in the world, he said.

Family, friends, and classmates gathered Saturday to remember the 14 year old racing enthusiast.

Kiersten Eaddy died in July after her go-cart malfunctioned during a race in a parking lot at the Texas Motor Speedway.

The weekend fundraiser offered people a chance to lap the Speedway themselves and then settle in to watch a movie on Big Hoss, the world’s largest HD video board.

An employee of Discount Tire for more than 30 years, Todd Eaddy says he was surprised when the company also chose to pay tribute adding his daughter’s name and picture to the hood of its Nascar racing Ford Mustang.

“She was smiling. No doubt, she was smiling,” said Eaddy.

The event raised money for Caring for Kiersten’s Legacy, a fund started by her family.

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Money raised will be split between the SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center (spirithorsetherapy.com )in Corinth, where Kiersten volunteered helping children with special needs, and the Shelton School (shelton.org ), where she attended class alongside other children with learning difficulties, like her dyslexia.

“Trying to donate to the things that Kiersten once loved, to keep her legacy going,” said Eaddy. “She was just so inspired that people worked so hard to get through things.”

Now those who love her are committed to carrying on her mission. “It’ll be a much better world, I guess,” he said.

To donate, head to KEMemorial.com.

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