Simon Kindleysides is doing what no paralyzed person has done before.
The singer and talent judge of The BBC One’s “All Together Now,” is facing his biggest physical test yet — participating in the London Marathon.
“I’m gonna get to that finish line whatever it takes,” he explained. “With me, I won’t give up. A lot of people have followed my journey. We’re gonna update every mile where we are, so on the Monday if people wanna join us and walk a mile, or two miles with me they can. The support has been overwhelming.”
In 2013, a neurological brain condition left Simon paralyzed, causing him to lose his job, apartment and many relationships. Over 4 years later, Simon is able to walk again, thanks to the help of a unique exoskeleton. Now, he’s poised to make history.
“I always tick boxes for the first thing I want to do. So, when I found out there hasn’t been a paralyzed man ever to walk [the marathon], I was like, I’m gonna do it.”
Simon plans to finish the marathon over two days, logging 13 miles on each day, with a brief break in-between. Along the way, he hopes his feat will inspire others to never give up.