PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2016) – The Caltech men's and women's swimming and diving teams will once again join a group of nearly 200 teams across the country as participants in the 11th Annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power" Relay for Sarcoma Research this Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The Hour of Power event honors individuals 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 180 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. Dryland teams engage in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.
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 of Chicago 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.
While there is a national start time across all time zones, teams are encouraged to participate whenever is most feasible within their program, ultimately increasing the accesibility and visibility of the event. Last year's event raised more than $80,000, bringing the event's 10-year total to $630,000.
Caltech will begin its "Hour of Power" at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Alumni Pool.