I am currently making the final preparations for the epic adventure known as the NOMAN Race to End HPV Ibiza - Barcelona 2019.
In a little under 10 days time I will be in the middle of the Mediterranean, rowing hard under the blistering sun, battling salt sores, fatigue, and sea-sickness, as my team seek to break the record set in 2015 for the fastest transit by a 5-man crew of under 3 days. Conditions on-board will be fairly basic, and with space at a premium (given there are five crew) sleep will be rather limited, although being the shortest member of the team I can at least fit quite well into both sleeping areas and so have somewhat of an advantage!
Here’s a teaser of what exactly is in store: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UrzOecBACA
Some of the things I am most looking forward to are; never having to sit on a rowing machine again, rowing underneath the stars (in a small boat with 5 blokes), finishing the race, and most importantly the chance to raise funds for what is an excellent cause and very well run charity.
Since 2013, NOMAN campaign has raised $3 million in the fight against HPV, the causal agent of 5% of all cancers. The funds raised from this race will help eradicate this virus from the face of the Earth, preventing millions of cancers in the process. We can accomplish this feat via universal vaccination for girls AND boys (recent research shows that men are at a substantially increasing risk for contracting HPV-related oral cancer—you might remember Michael Douglas talking about it in 2013—however in most countries boys are not routinely vaccinated).
In addition to prevention, the Foundation behind NOMAN is working hard to accelerate drug development for patients with advanced HPV-related cancer. I have been overwhelmed with this Foundation’s impressive achievements since the Founders started the organization in 2010 after the loss of their mother to HPV-related cancer. My goal is to help them realize their dreams of ending suffering caused by HPV by raising £5000.
Both the charity and I would be hugely grateful if you could donate as much as possible and help us move that little bit closer to eradicating the suffering caused by HPV.
If you would like to follow our progress during the journey, and find out a little more about both the charity and the hardy seamen who I will be rowing with, please follow this link;