CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams, along with thousands of athletes across the nation and abroad, will participate in the upcoming 14th-annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power" Relay for Sarcoma Research.
The event will run from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in UChicago's Myers-McLoraine Pool. At 3:00 PM, the Maroons will be visited by several doctors from University of Chicago Medicine, whose research into the treatment of sarcoma cancers is aided by the funds raised by the "Hour of Power".
The annual swim relay has grown to more than 160 teams and 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.
The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer. It is named for former Carleton College swimmer Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma – a rare soft-tissue cancer – in September 2006.
Over the past 13 years, more than $850,000 has been raised by participating teams for the Ted Mullin Fund, which supports 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 raised nearly $1.4 million.
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.