NOMAN is an Island
My name is Thomas Franklin. This summer, along with my brother and some close friends, we will be attempting the greatest feat of endurance we’ve ever faced to contribute towards the fight against HPV. In addition to the race that looms ahead of us, we will also be undertaking training to our physical and mental limits as we strive to not only complete this monumental challenge, but perform at our absolute best.
Our race begins on the 27th of July, and we are currently making the final preparations for the epic adventure known as ‘NOMAN is an Island: Race to End HPV’ Ibiza-Barcelona 2019. A 2OOmile, open-water row with no more than a minute’s experience on the water between us. In a few short weeks, we will all be in the middle of the Mediterranean, rowing hard in the blistering sun, battling salt sores, fatigue and sea sickness as we both (and our other amazing teammates) seek to break the record set in 2015 for the fastest transit by a 5-man crew in under 3 days. I could go more into the physical details of the trial that looms ahead of us, but if you are interested in the specifics of what we’ve undertaken there is a short teaser below:
I, and the rest of my crew all made a commitment this year to try and do more for causes that resonate with us on a personal level. NOMAN sounded like a unique challenge for a cause that has so far gone under the radar, despite the havoc this virus has caused millions of individuals and families across the UK and beyond. Our hope with this challenge is to push ourselves to our physical limit, strengthen our bond as friends & family and friends and to undertake a level of hardship we’ve never experienced on behalf of those who have suffered as a result of HPV.
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.
We have both 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. Our goal together is a big one, but in total we are looking to raise a total of £10,000 to contribute entirely towards the NOMAN foundation. We are pulling out all the stops, and reaching out to everyone to ask for a pledge or donation however big or small to help us realise our ambitious target.
Thank you again for your generosity, and wish us luck!