Swimmers take part in Hour of Power

For the second straight year, the Green Terror men's and women's swimming teams will be doing their part to help in the fight for cancer.

On Nov. 17, McDaniel will once again take part in the Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power relay for sarcoma research.

The nationwide event was scheduled for Nov. 10 but because of the Green Terror's dual meet schedule, the teams opted to have their relay practice a week later.

The event began in 2006 with 15 teams joining together to raise team spirit and cancer awareness after the death of the Carlton College swimmer from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer.

The teams raised $11,000 in Mullin's memory.

In 2007, the number ballooned to 104 schools. In 2008, nearly 6,000 student-athletes raised over $50,000 to bring the three-year total to more than $100,000.

Bryn Mawr has joined McDaniel from the Centennial Conference as two of more than 125 teams participating this year - nearly 80 percent of which are Division III teams.

Funds raised during the event act as seed funding for the University of Chicago pediatric sarcoma research program, allowing collaborative efforts between clinicians and physician-scientists in the identification of the causes of sarcoma, at the most basic molecular and cellular levels. With a team of dedicated pediatric oncologists, orthopedists, and radiation therapists in place, the Ted Mullin Fund enabled the University of Chicago to recruit Stephen X. Skapek, M.D., an expert in the study and treatment of sarcomas. Dr. Skapek and team are working in the lab to translate new scientific discoveries into improved therapies for sarcoma patients.

Those interested in pledging monetary support for the Green Terror teams in the endeavor can contact any member of the team or head coach Kim Easterday at keasterd@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2717.

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Hour of Power website

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