APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University swimming teams will join thousands of athletes from other colleges, high schools and club teams across the country by participating in the 11th annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research.

The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton swimmer Edward H. “Ted” Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006. The annual swim relay has grown from 15 teams in its first year to more than 170 teams and more than 8,000 athletes in recent years.

Participating swim teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. Dryland teams engage in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.

In the event’s first 10 years, participating teams have raised more than $630,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer.

The funds have been used for a variety of projects that evaluate the genetic basis of sarcomas, the identification of novel markers of disease diagnosis or progression, and the development of new small molecule and cell therapies for resistant disease. Each summer, the University of Chicago also hosts Ted Mullin Fund scholars, offering four Hour of Power participants an opportunity to advance their interest in science and cancer biology by spending 10 weeks in a laboratory under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer researcher within the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, at the University of Chicago Medicine.

All teams are welcome to participate whether or not they fundraise.

As of today, 152 teams encompassing an estimated 7,200 athletes have registered for the 2016 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay.