On Thursday afternoon, both the UMass Dartmouth men’s & women’s swimming and diving teams joined thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school and club teams across the nation and abroad to celebrate the 13th Annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research, sponsored by Carleton College (Minn.) swimming and diving teams.
The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton swimmer Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006. The annual swim relay, which now includes dryland teams as well, has grown from 15 teams in its first year to over 160 teams and more than 8,000 athletes across the nation and the world in recent years. Participating swim teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. Dryland teams engage in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.
In the event’s first 12 years, participating teams have raised $770,000 to support research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital into the causes and treatment of sarcoma and other rare pediatric cancers. From all sources, the Ted Mullin Fund has now raised over $1.25 million.
The funds have been used for a variety of projects that evaluate the genetic basis of sarcomas, the identification of novel markers of disease diagnosis or progression, and the development of new small molecule and cell therapies for resistant disease. Each summer, the University also hosts Ted Mullin Fund scholars, offering four Hour of Power collegiate participants an opportunity to advance their interest in science and cancer biology by spending 10 weeks in a laboratory under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer researcher within the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine.
“We are incredibly honored to be part of this great national event once again,” UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Cathy Motta said of her team’s participation. “The swimming & diving community is a very close knit group, and when one of us suffers, we all suffer. Our student-athletes are committed to bringing an end to a disease that has undoubtedly touched the lives of everyone in some way over the years.”
As of November 13th, 152 teams including an estimated 6,600 athletes have registered to participate in the 2018-19 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay.
(Photo Credit: Cathy Motta)
(Materials used in this press release were provided by the Carleton College Swimming & Diving Program)