WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - This evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. inside Bruyette Natatorium, the University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving team along with the West Hartford Aquatics Team (WHAT), joined thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school, and club teams across the nation and abroad to celebrate the 12th Annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research, sponsored by Carleton College swimming and diving teams. It marks the fourth straight year that the Blue Jays have participated and the third consecutive year that USJ has teamed up with WHAT to swim for the cause.
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 7,500 athletes across the nation and the world in recent years. USJ, WHAT and all participating swim teams engaged in continuous 50-yard relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. Dryland teams engaged in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.
In the event's first 11 years, participating teams have raised $670,000 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 million. USJ, through the help of the WHAT, donated $300 towards the cause this year.
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.
As of November 14, 2017, 146 teams including an estimated 7,400 athletes have registered for the 2017-18 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay.