“Wheels to Succeed” succeeds again
Eleven years ago, Jairo Alvarez set the wheels in motion for his legacy. His “No Such Thing as ImpossibleⓇ” Bike Ride used one of his passions to benefit another. With the 11th annual ride held recently, “Wheels to Succeed” succeeds again—with more than $40,000 raised to buy more adaptive bikes for children with disabilities.
An avid cyclist (as well as founder of Alvarez Construction Company), Jairo wanted to share his love of the sport with anyone who was inspired to ride. He learned that children with disabilities had to just sit and watch their friends ride, because a conventional bike wasn’t suitable for their needs. Each bike can cost as much as $6,000, which just isn’t affordable to families of children with special needs.
Wheels to Succeed was formed in 2007 by Ashley Leach, a cyclist and physical therapist. She had been using specially equipped bikes as a physical therapy method for youngsters in treatment at McMains Children’s Developmental Center in Baton Rouge. With Wheels to Succeed, Ashley became able to provide adapted, 3-wheel bikes to disabled children so they can pedal with their peers.
Jairo battled long and hard against cancer. Just 95 days after highly invasive prostate cancer surgery, he got back on his bike to compete in a race. He won, and earned the award of 2010 People’s Health Champion.
He ultimately succumbed to the disease, but his family continues the legacy of bikes for the betterment of others. His son, Sebastian Alvarez, who is also a member of the board for McMains Children’s Developmental Center, spearheads the annual event. The proceeds have contributed to the purchase of 163 adaptive bikes. This year’s $40,000 success will give even more deserving children the chance to experience the joy of cycling.
“Every year, we feel my dad’s indomitable spirit at this event,” says Sebastian. “When I see the smiles of children who have discovered the free-wheeling joy that so many take for granted, I’m overjoyed that my father’s legacy continues in this way.”
The No Such Thing as Impossible Bike Ride took place on May 9, 2019. The event offers something for every level of cyclist: 75 miles, 40 miles, 10 miles, and a Kids’ Fun Ride. Each ride follows a scenic route along River Road in South Baton Rouge.
This year, 100 cyclists participated in the No Such Thing as Impossible Ride, which was named after Jairo’s compelling autobiography as well as his love for life.
As a local homebuilder, Alvarez Construction Company realizes that what we do and who we are demonstrates our connection with the community. You can’t build homes without understanding how homes impact lives, and how the people who live there impact others. We’ve made it a commitment to support the Baton Rouge community, using our knowledge, skills, and resources to give back and contribute to a positive change.