CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fourth year in a row, the MIT men's and women's swim teams participated in the Ted Mullin "Leave It in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research on Tuesday evening. In its sixth year, the event honors Carleton College swimmer Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer.
The event, which is held in each team's home pool, is a one-hour, all-out, leave-it-in-the-pool practice consisting of continuous relays. The objective of the practice is for all of the relays to be on the same length for the entire hour, which requires constant communication and teamwork from everyone involved.
What started as a small effort to raise money, with just 15 teams participating in 2006, has turned into something much larger. This year, a total of 145 teams on two continents participated, including 92 college and university programs, 49 high school and club teams, and four international teams, totaling over 7,000 athletes. In 2011 alone, $66,000 was raised for the Fund and, in the past six years, the Hour of Power has raised over $330,000.
Funds raised during the event go towards 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.