SARANAC — For Joy Sarbou-Jubert, the memory of her son, Cody Sarbou, lives on whenever she hears someone say his name.
“That lets us know there are still people who remember him, talk about him and want to support him,” she said.
Cody was 21 when he died in a car accident on July 24, 2010. Since then, annual fundraisers have been held to raise money for the Cody Sarbou Memorial Fund.
The fund has assisted in such causes as a local animal shelter, a family whose daughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and families left homeless by house fires.
And it also supports a Memorial Scholarship given out each year to a student graduating from Saranac High School. The award is offered to students with a grade-point average between 2.3 and 3.2 who come from financially disadvantaged households.
“It’s kind of like the underdog scholarship, and Cody was for the underdog, always,” Sarbou-Jubert said.
‘VERY KIND YOUNG MAN’
The fund’s assistance has even extended overseas, paying for a well in Latin America through the nonprofit organization Food for the Poor.
The well was dedicated in Cody’s name.
“When we give out donations to other worthy causes, it’s his name, he’s being remembered, he’s doing good things,” his mother said.
Family friend and assistant event organizer Casey Boire said she had always been impressed by Cody’s sense of responsibility. She said he would often go out of his way to run errands for his parents or watch over his siblings, Nathalie Jubert and Anna, Kelly and Nick Sarbou.
“He just was very thoughtful and very kind for a young man,” she said.
It was Cody’s love for motorcycles that set the theme for the first four fundraisers, which featured memorial bike rides past some of his favorite local sights.