John works in finance in New York and is becoming a NOMAN to spread awareness for this worthy cause, and to push himself physically and mentally through this challenge. He's concerned by the prospect of sunburn, blisters and sleep deprivation but hopes that his age, experience and time rowing eights as an undergraduate will come in useful here to work towards a shared goal.
Russ is an energy trader in New York. He's taking part for 2 reasons, one to to challenge himself outside of his comfort zone, and secondly in support of NOMAN's founders who he has known since the programme began. He's always admired the way they turned the challenge of their mother's death into an organisation to advocate for more awareness and better cures. He's looking forward to spending the time away from city sounds and professional stresses, as part of this challenge to end 5% of cancer.