Athletics reliever Jake Diekman and his wife Amanda founded the “Gut It Out Foundation” and will utilize his role on the team to give back.
Diekman, who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 10, announced on Wednesday, World IBD Day, the start of a partnership with Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute to fund a Stanford Medicine pilot grant to research structural racism, social injustice and health disparities within inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Diekman pledged to donate $100 toward the fund for every strikeout he records this season.
“As a professional athlete, I’ve had access to the top treatment in the U.S. to treat my ulcerative colitis. It breaks my heart to know that many of the most at-risk and in-need IBD patients are not able to access the treatment they need and deserve,” Jake Diekman said in a press release. “We are confident that this research can help those patients, and will have a lasting impact in diverse communities."
The proposed projects will promote equity and improve health outcomes in the IBD community through policy or programmatic changes and innovations.
Diekman’s goal is to raise $30,000 through the “Pledge It” campaign.
The Gut It Out Foundation was founded in 2015 when Amanda and Jake began their quest to share their journey as both a caretaker and a patient.
Fans can donate toward the grant, which also is a chance to win exclusive prizes including a limited edition "Gut it Out" T-shirt. More information here.
You can also learn more about the grant itself here.