WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - On Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. inside Bruyette Natatorium, the University of Saint Joseph swimming & 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 11th Annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research, sponsored by Carleton College swimming and diving teams.
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 has grown from 15 teams in its first year to over 170 teams and more than 8,000 athletes in recent years. USJ, WHAT and all participating teams will engage in continuous 50-yard relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming.
In the event's first ten years, participating teams have raised over $630,000 to support cancer research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. USJ, through the help of the WHAT, donated $250 towards the cause.
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 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.
It marks the third straight year that the Blue Jays have participated and the second consecutive year that USJ has teamed up with the West Hartford Aquatics Team to swim for the cause.