SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Union College Athletics Department hosted a Home Run Derby charity event Tuesday.
The second annual “Just Out” Home Run Derby raised funds for various treatment centers.
Money was raised for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in honor of student and lacrosse player Nate Greenburg who has been battling Ewing's Sarcoma. The funds will also benefit Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in honor of student and baseball player Justin Lloyd. Funds will also be shared with Sarcoma in honor of Kristen Shinebarger, the daughter of Shelly Shinebarger, the Director of Student Support Services at Union.
“One of the biggest things I’ve talk about with people when they’ve asked me how I went through this was the help of the support group I’ve had,” Lloyd said. “Not only at Union but everywhere but especially at Union. And it feels good to have two other people by my side.”
Lloyd is a sophomore outfielder for the Dutchmen. He was forced to miss his freshman season last year due to six months of treatment for colon cancer.
“Just Out” is something baseball coach Paul Mound was proud to be part of because it hit close to home.
“I wouldn’t be any place else,” he said. “When someone on your baseball team is literally so sick that he can’t make it through multiple innings without having to run to get ill, then we wouldn’t be good if we weren’t out here to support him under these circumstances.”
Lloyd’s parents said 2013 was one of the most devastating years of their lives. They said watching Union raise money for the center where their son was treated was inspirational.
“When you’re going through something like we did last year, it’s kind of like an unknown marathon every day,” his father, Ken, said. “And Justin’s vision was just to be back with his teammates. It’s part of the healing process. And these kids have been like a brotherhood to him.”
“We’re just grateful for everybody that’s supported him and that he can play Union ball and be back here at Union,” Justin’s mother, Jeanne, said.
Union is keeping the donations open for at least a month, so the amount raised won’t be known until then.
“Just Out” raised over $10,000 in 2013.