The row is in aid of the NOMAN campaign that raises funds to support patients and families of those affected by HPV related cancers, advance treatment and advocate for prevention of HPV related cancers (that cause 5% of all cancers).
Rowing across an ocean or sea is like no other sport. Ocean rowing is as much about the crews' ability to cope mentally, as it is about technique and physical strength. The endurance required will result in a life-changing achievement. Neither crew in 2013 had prior ocean rowing experience.
Since 2013, NOMAN campaign has raised $2 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 New Zealand, the government took the steps to include boys in the HPV vaccination programme in January 2017, Italy followed shortly after, Norway begin vaccinating boys in Autumn 2018. They join Australia, USA, and the parts of Canada who already vaccinate boys -- however in the UK and many other countries they still remain excluded from the programme. 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 the Foundation's impressive achievements since the Founders started the organisation in 2010 after the loss of their mother to HPV-related cancer. From raising awareness of this life saving treatment, to co-funding the first new potential treatment for anal cancer in decades they have a vision which I personally believe in -- My goal is help them realise their dreams of ending suffering caused by HPV by raising £5000 to support their work.
Thank you for your support,