AMHERST, MA – On Thursday Nov. 6, the Amherst College men's and women's swimming and diving teams will join more than 90 colleges, high schools and club teams across the nation in the Third Annual "Hour of Power" Relay for cancer research. Swum at each participating team's home pool at 5 p.m. (EST), the event features one hour of continuous sprint relays, with more than 5,000 athletes swimming simultaneously across the country.
The "Hour of Power" relay event began at Carleton College in the fall of 2006 to honor team captain Ted Mullin, who passed away from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer that predominately affects children and young adults. The event was designed to honor Mullin's determination and perseverance, as well as to raise awareness about the disease. Teams are encouraged to fundraise with all proceeds going to the Ted Mullin Sarcoma Research Fund at the University of Chicago.
In 2006, 15 teams from the MIAC and NESCAC combined to raise more than $11,000. In 2007, 53 teams combined to raise more than $43,000. Funds raised by participating schools are multiplied by 10 by the University of Chicago. Thus, the event has already raised more than half a million dollars to serve as seed funding in the pediatric sarcoma research program.
The Amherst swimmers are raising money with the sale of "Cancer Sucks" t-shirts. Please contact any Lord Jeff swimmer or assistant coach Karin Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in purchasing a shirt to support the event. Find out more about the Hour of Power