TCNJ’s swim and dive team joined thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school and club teams across the country and abroad to celebrate the 16th annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research , sponsored by Carleton College swimming and diving teams.
The Hour of Power event honors those who have battled or succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton swimmer Edward H. “Ted” Mullin, who died in September 2006 of synovial sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer. The annual swim relay, which now includes dry land teams, has grown in recent years from 15 teams in the first year to more than 100 teams and thousands of athletes across the country and the world. Participating swim teams compete in continuous relays of each stroke for a full hour of complete swimming. Dryland teams work non-stop for an hour on their specific sport.
In the event’s first 15 years, participating teams have raised more than $925,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund to support research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital into the causes and treatment of sarcoma and other rare childhood cancers. From all sources, the Ted Mullin Fund has now raised more than $1.5 million.
The funds have been used for a variety of projects evaluating the genetic basis of sarcomas, the identification of new markers of disease diagnosis or progression, and the development of new small molecules and cell therapies for drug-resistant diseases. It has also supported the addition of sarcoma to an international pediatric clinical cancer database to facilitate research. Each summer, the university also hosts Ted Mullin Fund Scientists, who offer four hours of Power collegiate participants the chance to advance their interest in science and cancer biology by spending 10 weeks in a lab under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer doctor/researcher within the Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine.
As of November 9, 2021, 109 teams, including an estimated 5,000 athletes, have registered for the 2021-2022 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay. Registration is still in progress and more teams are expected to participate.
Interested collegiate, high school and club teams are invited to register for the 2021-22 Hour of Power and find out more at http://go.carleton.edu/HourOfPower
You can also contact Andy Clark, Carleton College head coach at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Mullin at email@example.com.