Power Hour

David Nonberg '09

David Nonberg ’09 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), who was a teammate of Ted Mullin’s, gives fellow participants a high five at Carleton’s annual Hour of Power relay for cancer research. “It’s a way to connect emotionally with teammates,” says Nonberg. “We swim in Ted Mullin’s honor and for all those who have had to go through what he went through.”

Swimmers across the country united in spirit to swim against cancer during the third annual Hour of Power relay in November. The event—held simultaneously at numerous pools nationwide—is a one-hour, all-out practice to raise money for cancer research in honor of Carleton swimmer Edward “Ted” Mullin ’06. He passed away in September 2006, at the age of 22, from synovial cell sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. Carleton swim team captains and coaches started the Hour of Power three years ago, and Mullin’s parents have helped it become a national event.

More than 100 college and club teams—almost twice as many as in 2007—participated in the event this year, including teams from the University of Cincinnati, Princeton, Georgetown, and nearly every Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference program.

Funds raised support the University of Chicago pediatric sarcoma research program and have enabled the university to recruit Stephen X. Skapek, an expert in the study and treatment of sarcomas. Skapek and his team hope to develop improved therapies for cancer patients.

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