HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will join thousands of collegiate and club swimmers from all over the world for the 12th annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research.
The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 5-6 p.m. at Karl Michael Pool.
The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or who have succumbed to cancer. It originated as a way to remember former Carleton swimmer Edward H. Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer that disproportionately affects children and young adults, in September of 2006.
Having started with just 15 teams in its first year, the event has rapidly grown to over 180 international teams and 8,000 athletes in recent years. Participating teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming, utilizing teamwork to try and keep all the lanes in the pool on the same lap. This requires maximum effort and non-stop high energy for the duration.
The Big Green invite you to drop by the pool stands at any point during the Hour of Power to cheer on the athletes and share in the team’s energy as the athletes “leave it in the pool” for the fight against cancer.
In the Hour of Power’s first eleven years, participating teams have raised over $670,000 to support research at the University of Chicago examining the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. 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 hosts Ted Mullin Fund scholars, offering four Hour of Power participants an opportunity to advance their interest in medicine and cancer research 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.
If you would like to help fund sarcoma research in the name of the Hour of Power at Dartmouth College, please contact Milana.L.Socha@Dartmouth.edu or visit tedmullinfund.org/donate.html