Lord Jeffs Take Part in "Hour of Power Relay"
Contact: Justin Long
AMHERST, Mass. – Last Tuesday, the Amherst College swim teams took part in the sixth annual Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research to raise awareness and generate funds for research involving finding treatments and cures for sarcoma, a rare form of soft-tissue cancer.
The event—held in each team’s home pool—is a one-hour, all-out, leave-it-in-the-pool practice consisting of continuous relays, using any stroke. It was created to honor those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton College swimmer Edward H. “Ted” Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006.
Amherst has participated each year since the inaugural event was held in 2006. The Hour of Power Relay has grown from 15 teams the first year to 151 teams in 2010. Roughly 7,000 athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities—including teams from Sweden, Switzerland and British West Indies—took part in this year’s event.
In six years participants have raised more than $265,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, where Mullin received treatment. The Hour of Power also aims to promote team spirit and to generate awareness of sarcoma, a rare cancer that disproportionately affects adolescents and young adults.
Funds raised during the event act as seed funding for the University of Chicago’s pediatric sarcoma research program. The program brings together oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and physician scientists who have a particular interest in adolescents and young adults with sarcoma, allowing collaborative efforts in the identification of the causes of sarcoma at the most basic molecular and cellular levels.
More information is available at the Carleton website. Please contact Amherst assistant coach Karin Brown, Carleton College head coach Andy Clark or Rick Mullin with any inquiries.