Nov. 1, 2012
On Tuesday, Nov. 13 beginning at 4:00 p.m., the Luther College swimming and diving teams will join thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school, and club teams across the nation—as well as student-abroad teams—to participate in the 2012 “Hour of Power” event, honoring 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 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.
First held on Nov. 7, 2006 in memory of Ted Mullin, the primary goal of the event is to raise awareness and generate funds for research conducted at the University of Chicago (U of C) into finding treatments and cures for sarcoma, the type of soft-tissue cancer that took the life of Ted Mullin and afflicts the lives of many young people.
Since the event began six years ago, participants have raised more than $330,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago where Ted 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 U of C’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.
This will be the sixth year that the Luther College swimming and diving teams will participate in the "Hour of Power".
If you would like to donate funds by check, make the check out to "FJC/Ted Mullin Fund", with the team name in memo line and mailed to the Ted Mullin Fund, P.O. Box 437, Winnetka, Ill. 60093-0437.
You can also contact Coach Huber at [email protected] for more details.