Álvaro Lazpiur: “I would like to thank you. The Garmin Titan Desert 2019 is the first step”
February 12 th 2019 - 11:00
Álvaro Lazpiur, a 30-year-old from Seville, wants to compete in the Titan Desert to raise funds to create an Adolescent Oncology Department in the Virgen del Rocío hospital in Seville to give thanks to Andex, the association that accompanied his cousin during his last 18 months of leukaemia.
“It will be my first time in the Titan Desert 2019. I’m doing it to return the favour to those who helped us over the 18 months with my cousin’s fight against the disease”. This is what Álvaro Lazpiur tells us from Seville. By competing in the Titan he wants to thank and give publicity to the Andex Association, which accompanied his cousin in the last 18 months of his life before he died of leukaemia.
The Fundación GAES Solidaria is about to award a grant for the project. They are in fifth place at the moment, and in the event of being awarded the grant all the money will go to the oncology department. “If we win, we could donate the 6,000 euros of the grant”. The Virgen del Rocío hospital in Seville needs around 2 million euros to be able to open an oncology department for adolescents.
Álvaro is doing other things to help Andex, such as selling sports accessories for the Titan Desert. “The socks from the Sockla brand or the clothes from OneFive, like the jerseys, are fair trade purchases. 60% of the income from the purchases is directly sent to Andex”, he explains, hoping to receive the same response from other brands making sports equipment such as helmets and running shoes.
Andex wants its project to be publicised as much as possible, so as well as taking part in the Titan, with Álvaro’s friend Enrique Rodríguez, the association wants to give a high profile to the cause in 2019 through the collection of plastic bottle caps in races and other events that do not involve sports.
“I’ve always enjoyed cycling, at amateur level, and I have done it since I was 18, although I never joined a federation. I have always done my own thing, on the routes I would choose for myself. This time I had to sign up at the cycling federation to participate in the Garmin Titan Desert”, he explains, hoping that his gesture can eventually help more people.