KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – When the Keuka College Baseball team took the field for their pregame warm-ups on April 18 against RIT, they did not do it in their traditional green and gold colors. The Wolves were in purple shirts in support of their teammate Konrad York and his battle with Crohn's Disease.
York, a junior pitcher for the Wolves, has Crohn's Disease and is scheduled to have surgery to remove part of his intestines to better manage the disease on June 1. Konrad's family worked with Keuka College Baseball Head Coach Rick Ferchen and Softball Head Coach Jamie Burke to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America in support of Konrad.
The group put forth a fundraiser, selling shirts and bracelets with the theme "Strikeout Crohn's for Konrad." Overall, along with cash donations, they were able to raise over $4,600 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Support came from friends and family on campus and in the community, including his Mom's employer, Corning Incorporated, and his Dad's co-workers at Campbell-Savona School.
Konrad York was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease the summer before coming to Keuka College. The was able to play his first two seasons with the Green and Gold, appearing in 16 games in relief on the mound.
Over 248 shirts were sold as they continue to raise awareness of the disease with the fundraiser. The Keuka College Softball team adopted the cause and wore the Strikeout Crohn's for Konrad shirts for pregame the rest of the season, including at the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.
"Konrad and his family would like to thank the college, Dave Sweet, baseball coaches, softball coaches, Corning Incorporated and their friends for the overwhelming support," said Janet York, mother of Konrad. "Having that is crucial to managing the disease and to have such great support from his 'baseball family' has been invaluable."