Wheaton teams to take part in cancer fundraiser

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams will participate in the fourth annual Hour of Power Relay on Monday at 5:00 p.m., as the event is designed to raise funds to support cancer research at the University of Chicago toward the causes and treatment of pediatric sarcoma. This will be the third straight year the Lyons take part.

The fundraiser is held in honor of Ted Mullin, a swimmer at Minnesota-based Carleton College who died in 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. All Division III swimming & diving programs are invited to participate, as 104 squads combined to raise more than $50,000 in 2008. Pledges and donations are gathered for the Ted Mullin Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital.

Participating teams complete a "Leave it in the Pool" practice, which consists of continuous relays of any stroke for one full hour. Wheaton is among eight participating New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schools, joining another 22 from the region and nearly 130 college, high school and club teams from around the nation.