‘Ocean Brothers’ row the Atlantic for skin cancer awareness
Skin Cancer After losing a father and stepfather to skin cancer, Jude Massey and Greg Bailey challenged themselves to row across the Atlantic, to raise awareness and funds.
“Dad never complained once about the illness he had from when I was born,” says Jude. “He never acted like a victim.”
Jude and Greg lost their father/stepfather Peter Massey to skin cancer in 2015. “After months of grieving, we wanted to do something to help prevent others suffering those devastating effects,” says A&E doctor Greg.
A fitting tribute
“Pete was a great lover of the sea who sailed at national level. We decided that the scale of the feat of rowing across the Atlantic - 3,000 miles of hurricane-infested waters - would bring most awareness.”
"The scale of the huge feat would bring most awareness.”
Their intensive training is both physical and psychological.
“Imagine being locked in a room with another person for two days,” says Jude. “We’re going to be in close proximity for two months, on a two-hour rowing/sleeping pattern. There is real risk. If a hurricane hits, we’ll be battened down in a tiny cabin in a ‘washing-machine’ scenario.”
Worrying effects of the sun
Out of the previous 317 Atlantic-crossing rowers, six have died in the attempt. The brothers have been warned that they will hallucinate “quite severely”. Sun safety is naturally a key issue.
"Sun safety is naturally a key issue."
The keen sportsmen, who aim to raise £100k for skin cancer research, will be on a vegan diet and using vegan-friendly skin protection.
“Neglected chafing on an ankle or bum can develop into infection and then our ‘engine’ has gone,” explains Greg. “Skin cancer doesn’t get the awareness it needs. Not to be anoraky about it, but do cover up. Don’t be one of those people going as red as a tomato on holiday.”
To donate/sponsor/learn more, visit www.oceanbrothers.co.uk
Photo credits: Ocean brothers - Adam Rowley/British Skin Foundation