Swim team to participate in Hour of Power fundraiser

The Carnegie Mellon swim team will be participating in the 2009 Ted Mullin “Leave It in the Pool” Hour of Power, a national swimming event to raise awareness and money for sarcoma research in honor of former Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who died from synovial sarcoma in 2006. This will be the second year in which the Tartans have participated in the event.

The Hour of Power will take place this Tuesday from 5–6 p.m. During that hour, the Tartans, along with over a hundred other colleges, high schools, clubs, and teams of students from abroad, will participate in a nationwide, continuous, all-out relay swim.

The team will be split evenly into eight lanes, the goal being to swim exactly at the same time at maximum intensity, building on team spirit, cooperation, and determination. Proceeds raised during the event will go toward the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where Mullin received care. The University of Chicago, whose scientists are considered to be at the forefront of sarcoma research, is one of two University Athletic Association (UAA) institutions participating along with Carnegie Mellon; Emory is the other.

Sarcoma primarily affects people in the 15–29 age group, and is the fifth most common cancer affecting said age group today. According to the Ted Mullin Sarcoma Research Fund Report, the fundraiser helps Chicago fund Stephen Skapek’s “study of tumor suppressor genes and how their abnormality contributes to sarcoma biology.” Skapek is currently focusing on rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of sarcoma that is particularly common in children and young adults.

“I think it’s important for our team to get involved in service projects,” junior swimmer Molly Evans said. “In addition to supporting the community, these types of events really bring our team together.”

In order to raise money for the event, the team set up a table outside the University Center last Thursday through Saturday, where they sold homemade scarves for $6 and gave away free Snoopy dolls with donations of any amount.

They will continue to do so Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. before possibly tabling during the event, which will take place at the UC pool. Please stop by the table and donate before coming to watch and support both the team and sarcoma research.