Swimmers Raise Funds for Cancer Research in Hour of Power Relay

November 17, 2021

‘Leave It in the Pool’ Relay Honors the Memory of Collegiate Swimmer Who Succumbed to Sarcoma

Dozens of Wilmington College swim team members and other campus swimmers converged at WC’s natatorium Wednesday (Nov. 17) to raise more than $500 and awareness for sarcoma cancer research as participants in the 16th annual Ted Mullin “Leave It in the Pool” Hour of Power Swimming Relay.

Each swam 50-yard distances in a continuous hourlong relay.

PICTURED: Swimmers start the hourlong relay.

James “Trip” Breen, WC’s swim coach and director of aquatics, said the event will raise much-needed financial support for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Cancer Research at the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago.

“I appreciate the enthusiasm all the swimmers brought to the event,” he said, noting that increasing awareness of pediatric cancer and working together for a good cause serve to help manifest Mullins’ legacy. “The relay swimmers gave an all-out effort in support of this worthy cause.”

The Wilmington relay coincided with Hours of Power involving tens of thousands of swimmers in the United States, including those from 165 collegiate teams.

The Hour of Power Relay is held in honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who died in 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. Mullin’s team established the Hour of Power that year as an event held in his memory as a means for raising awareness and cancer research funds.