Lincoln-Way swim relay for cancer research
September 9, 2013 3:32PM
Swimmers from Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way Central high schools listen to Rick Mullin during the Hour of Power at Lincoln-Way West. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:10AM
Swimmers from Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way North high schools participated recently in the eighth annual Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research and raised more than $700 in donations.
The national event hosted by Lincoln-Way West in New Lenox is sponsored by Carleton College Swimming and Diving in honor of former swimmer Ted Mullin, who died in 2006 following a battle with sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer.
In 2011, more than 8,000 athletes from all over the United States participated in the event. These athletes included members of local clubs and high school and college swim teams.
“We had the honor of hosting Ted’s father, Mr. Rick Mullin, and Dr. John Cunningham from the University of Chicago,” said Kristen Neuberg, Lincoln-Way West girls swimming coach and science teacher.
“They were very impressed with our girls at Lincoln-Way and enjoyed seeing them work hard, swim fast and have fun in honor of a great cause.”
The event at Lincoln-Way West has raised more than $4,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund during the last three years.
Swimming the relays were girls from the Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way North swim teams.
“Our $4,000-plus dollars of donations has gone directly to the University of Chicago for ongoing sarcoma research,” Neuberg said.
“Mr. Mullin pointed out that the University of Chicago now has a location here in New Lenox, so our work is directly benefitting research and treatments in our immediate community.
“The swimmers also heard from Dr. John Cunningham about sarcoma and its rates of survival compared to other cancers found in both children and adults, and how our funds help research at the University of Chicago.”