Creating Positive Change in the Face of Adversity
Alex Flynn was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008 at the age of 36. Despite the initial set-back, his diagnosis became the catalyst in his life for showing people the possibility of creating positive change in the face of adversity. Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s has had a profound and life changing effect on Alex. Not only is he a father, he is also an Adventurer, Speaker, Writer and so much more.
In August 2021, Alex will enter unchartered territory as he takes on the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon across the Great Caucasus in Georgia, crossing 250km (155 miles) in seven days over rough-country terrain with only a place in a tent and water provided. Alex is hoping not only to conquer Georgia but also to take on the 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus, completing the Atacama Crossing (Chile), the Gobi March (Mongolia), the Namib Race (Namibia), and finally The Last Desert (Antarctica), covering a total distance of 1,250km (778 miles). This is one of the most difficult endurance challenges in the world.
Only eight people in the world have ever completed the 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus – Alex Flynn is set to join this unique group of super athletes while being the first person with Parkinson’s disease to ever to attempt any RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts Ultra.
RacingThePlanet’s 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus poses Alex’s biggest challenge so far. Not only will temperatures rise well above 40C (104F) in the Oldest Desert in the World and well below freezing in Antarctica, but Alex will also be crossing the world’s highest sand dunes, waist deep rivers, fighting through sand storms, racing above 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) and being at the command of mother nature in Antarctica.
However, Alex’s driver is to raise funds for and awareness of Parkinson's disease. The many charities he has supported include Cure Parkinson’s Trust, the European Parkinson’s Association, the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Parkinson’s Institute to name a few. He was formerly one of the founders of Spotlight YOPD, a charity that focuses on people with young onset Parkinson’s disease. He is currently raising funds for both the Parkinson’s UK and the Parkinson’s Foundation in the USA.
Parkinson’s UK is the largest charitable funder of Parkinson's research in Europe.The charity also provides information and services to people affected by Parkinson's, from a free, confidential helpline to local support groups. The charity, via their partnership with the Parkinson’s Foundation, has created a virtual biotech to find new treatments in years not decades!
Aside from fundraising, Alex inspires hope and positivity by showing that we are capable of so much more, irrespective of diagnosis and that disability is not a disadvantage as we are all capable of being extraordinary.
“I want a cure for millions around the planet and hope you do too. Together we can make change happen!”
Alex Flynn is living proof that Parkinson’s disease is not an obstacle for success!
New Earth Films will be following Alex’s journey in Georgia and filming his progress, documenting his story of overcoming adversity to raise awareness of Parkinson’s, and proving how staying active is the key to tackling Parkinson's.
To find out more about Alex’ story visit https://www.alexflynn.co.uk.