Million Metre Man
557. Alex Flynn
Alex Flynn, from Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008, aged just 36.
Alex is determined that, while he is still able, he will do everything he can to raise awareness and funds for the disease, which affects 127,000 people in the UK.
Alex set himself a ‘Ten Million Metre Challenge’ running, climbing, cycling and kayaking from Santa Monica to New York City in 35 days. He has also completed the 200 kilometre Jungle Ultra in Peru, the Italian Lavaredo Ultra Trail and the Mountain Ultra across the Colorado Rockies. On top of raising thousands of pounds, Alex has recently set up Spotlight YOPD, a charity for people with young onset Parkinson’s disease.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Alex has pushed himself to his physical limits in his mission to raise awareness and funds to fight Parkinson’s. As a co-founder of the Spotlight YOPD charity Alex is reaching out to people who have also been diagnosed with the condition at a young age, helping them access the support they need and giving them the confidence to live full and rewarding lives. Alex is a Point of Light.”
“I’m exceptionally grateful for the recognition shown by the Prime Minister for my efforts to raise awareness and fight this terrible disease that affects millions worldwide. I would like to think I am doing my part to bring hope to those who have Parkinson’s and prove that anything is possible”