Swimming and diving raises money for cancer research

Bates swimming and diving raised over $1,300 for cancer research at the Ted Mullin Fund. (Photo courtesy Peter Casares)

LEWISTON, Maine – For the seventh consecutive year Bates College swimming and diving participated in the Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power on Tuesday to raise money for cancer research in honor of the Carleton College swimmer who passed away in 2006.

The team has taken part in the event in every year since head coach Peter Casares became the leader of the program and this year raised over $1,300 after initially hoping to send $200 to the fund. Student-athletes on the team fundraised money through various initiatives and in a number of places – from the library to the Homecoming football game.

The team joined thousands of athletes and hundreds of teams in the eighth annual event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Over the first seven years of the rally, participants raised over $410,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in young people.

The relay has grown from 15 teams in its first year to 171 teams in 2012 with 8,300 participating athletes. This year's numbers are on pace to match last year's totals. All those athletes will hit the pool with a shared goal – to increase awareness about sarcoma and raise money for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the Comer Children's Hospital.

2013 Ted Mullin "Hour of Power" Relay registrations to date:

Total Registered Teams: 145        

Colleges and Universities: 96           

High School and Club Teams: 45  

International Teams: 4               

Estimated Athletes: 7,200

For more information on the event visit TedMullinFund.org, Carleton's "Hour of Power" page, or the Bates swimming and diving team blog.