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Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research

Hour of Power logo, 2016

Join us for the 14th Annual Hour of Power!

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

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The Ted Mullin Fund has raised more than $1.3 million and the Hour of Power is the single largest contributor (60% of the total). Thank you to all who have donated to this worthy cause!

Ted Mullin Video - Final for review from UChicago MBSD on Vimeo.

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Quick Facts

Who: All collegiate, high school, club, masters, and other interested swimming & diving teams. Dryland teams are also welcome.

What: "Hour of Power" Relay in honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. Funds raised through this event support research at the University of Chicago Medicine into the causes and treatment of sarcoma in young people. When the event began in 2006, 15 teams joined together to raise team spirit, sarcoma awareness and $11,000. By 2018-19, participation included 164 teams and 7,718 athletes. Over the past 13 years, participants in the “Hour of Power” raised more than $800,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 5 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Central or 5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific (or on a date or time convenient to your program)

Where: Your program's Home Pool


The annual "Leave it in the Pool" event features an “hour-of-power” relay practice. The set is one of the Carleton College Knights’ favorites, and the team felt it would be an appropriate memorial to Ted to run a “Leave it in the Pool” practice consisting of continuous relays—any stroke, all-out swimming—for an hour, with the objective of keeping all lanes in each pool on the same length.

(Click here for a description of the “Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power” Relay Swim Set)

Swimming the "Hour of Power" simultaneously across the country on one afternoon adds to the spirit and fun of the relay. However, those teams unable to participate at the scheduled date/times are encouraged to hold a relay event whenever possible.

The participants in the event are asked to gather donations for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. Checks should be made payable to "FJC/Ted Mullin Fund FSP" with the team name in the memo line, and mailed to the Ted Mullin Fund, P.O. Box 437, Winnetka, IL 60093-0437. Donations may also be made online. All donations made to the Ted Mullin Fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by United States law.

We encourage participation to raise team spirit and sarcoma awareness whether or not your program is able to fund raise.

About the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research

Where Does the Money Go?

Money raised acts as seed funding for the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) pediatric sarcoma research program. The Ted Mullin Fund has supported research into novel chemotherapy/biology agents for sarcomas, new ways to administer chemotherapy in this disease, techniques to visualize more accurately the tumor response in the patient, novel genomics strategies to identify high-risk sarcoma patients, molecular techniques to personalize therapy to maximize benefit while reducing treatment-related toxicity and treatments for metastatic or resistant disease that use the patient’s own immune system to attack residual tumors.

Each summer, the UCM hosts Ted Mullin Fund Scholars in pediatric cancer laboratories, giving collegiate Ted Mullin “Hour of Power” participants an opportunity to advance their interest in science and cancer biology during a 10-week program. Here is a description of the 2019 summer Ted Mullin Fund Scholars Program.

UCM is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program, a collaborative program offering coordinated care for young adults ages 15-30 with cancer. In collaboration with other national programs, UCM is establishing ways to facilitate more rapid development and availability of new molecular and biologic therapeutics.

For more information: Contact Rick Mullin,, 847-971-5003

Participation Facts & Figures

Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Total Teams 164 166 163 178 183 167 171 160 146 134 104 55 15
Athletes* 7718 8650 7750 8400 8700 8100 8300 8000 6979 6471 5983 3092 --
Colleges 114 112 109 115 119 108 111 107 102 103 85 46 --
High Schools 20 22 25 22 25 18 27 19 16 11 8 4 --
Club Teams 26 29 24 30 34 37 27 27 21 17 9 4 --
International 4 3 5 11 5 4 6 7 7 3 2 1 --

 *estimated figures