News

Focus on a Fund: The Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is honored to tell you the story behind one of the newest funds to be created at the Foundation and the lifesaving work this fund will do in our community. This month, the Foundation would like to share the story of The Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund.

Cody Jude Barrasse touched the lives of many before he was taken from us all too early at the age of 22. Whether it was playing football for Scranton Prep, pickup basketball with his friends, or watching sports on TV, Cody was always a competitor. He had a constant drive to succeed and better those around him. The work that started this fund began in 2013, shortly after Cody’s tragic death. Even in death, his generosity and drive to help others enabled the lives of other people to continue, as he donated eight of his organs to other people. Today, Cody’s friends and family members are working to keep Cody’s fiery spirit alive in the community by honoring his legacy.

Through The Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund, people in the Lackawanna County region who receive or donate organs can apply for financial assistance from this Fund, to help with costs that are not covered by insurance. This Fund will also serve to support charitable causes, activities, and organizations in the Lackawanna County region. Because of Cody’s legacy, more lives will be saved and the financial burdens associated with transplant surgeries will be lessened for countless people and families.

To help to grow this fund, Cody’s family and friends host an annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament to benefit a scholarship at Scranton Prep and, in the evening following the 3 on 3 tournament, the Continue Cody’s Commitment Event will be held. The event will be a night for Organ Donor Awareness and include an open bar, light fare, and live music. This year, the Continue Cody’s Commitment event will be held at the Ice Box Sports Complex in Scranton. The event is schedule for August 5th from 8 – 11 PM. General Admission is $50, while tournament participants and volunteers are $30/ticket. For more information about the event, you can visit the event website here: http://codybarrassefoundation.com/events/

For more information about how you can create a fund with the Scranton Area Community Foundation to honor the life and legacy of a loved one, please contact Rachel Drazdowski, Esq., Director of Philanthropy, by email at racheld@safdn.org or phone at (570) 347-6203 ext. 302. For more information about planned giving options and how you can provide for your loved ones and protect your legacy through estate plans, please visit the Foundation’s Planned Giving Website at www.safplans.org.