Colby swim teams to have Hour of Power on Tuesday

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. the Colby College swimming  and diving teams will join several hundred collegiate, high school, and club swimming teams across the nation and abroad to celebrate the 11th Annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research.  

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.  Both of Ted’s siblings, Evan '08  and Catherine ’11, are Colby graduates and former members of the Colby Swimming & Diving team. 

Colby was one of the 15 original teams to participate in the Hour of Power’s inaugural year in 2006.  The event has now grown to over 170 teams and more than 8,000 athletes in recent years. Participating swim teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. 

In the event’s first 10 years, participating teams have raised over $630,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma. 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 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.

All teams are welcome to participate whether or not they raise funds.