It's not glamorous - HPV is the little-known but very common virus that causes 5% of all cancers.
I found out about it by chance - I was reading about rowing the Atlantic when Noman 2017 caught my eye. I love Spain, speak Spanish and was looking for a challenge, so it looked like a fit. The more I found out about HPV, the more determined I have become to help raise awareness and raise funds for research, prevention, treatment and cure of HPV cancers.
HPV causes 5% of all cancers, NOMAN have a plan and are working to completely eradicate this virus from the face of the earth, preventing millions of cancers in the process. The research, prevention, campaign, and support programs depend on NOMAN to continue to deliver outstanding results for the foundation.
The virus is extremely contagious and it is estimated that 80% of the population will have an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime. The majority of people infected will not experience any serious health issues. It is the known to be the cause of cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers, and is increasingly being acknowledged as a cause of specific cancers which affect many other body parts, including anal, penile, and head and neck cancer. These cancers are rising dramatically in men.
The funds raised from this race will help eradicate this virus, preventing millions of cancers in the process. We can accomplish this feat by campaigning to vaccinate boys as well as the girls - 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.
The race is 200 miles and should take 3 days. - I'll be rowing from Ibiza to Barcelona with a team of amateur rowers. Rowing across an ocean or sea is like no other sport. An ocean row is as much about the crew’s’ ability to cope mentally as it is about technique and physical strength - Click the photo for a video look at the competition.
When asked, I often describe myself as "just a mum" - a mum who is determined to make a difference and a mum of two boys and a girl. I'm a part-time PT instructor and feel very daunted by the prospect of this challenge as I have never rowed a boat in my life!
Please help me to raise the much needed funds to enable the ongoing work in this important field.