Jairo Alvarez was a Senior Olympic gold medalist in cycling. He was also a cancer survivor who gave inspiring talks around the nation about overcoming adversity to achieve success. Jairo wrote several books in his lifetime, donating all proceeds from his book sales and speaking engagements to charity. Alvarez Construction Company is known for its charitable involvement in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Wheels to Succeed.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since 1999, Alvarez Construction has been involved in a well known, important community-based project benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Alvarez Construction has built a home for St. Jude every year since 1999 and through the sales of tickets, has helped St. Jude raise over 20 million dollars to date.
St. Jude is nationally renowned for cancer research and treatment and its benevolent policy of treating all children, rich or poor, for all types of cancer. The Alvarez family has agreed to spearhead the project, donating their time and building expertise in conjunction with many other vendors, to create the St. Jude Home. The Alvarez family is honored to be awarded the opportunity to build the St. Jude Project, not just this year, but for years to come.
McMains Children’s Developmental Center – Wheels to Succeed Program
In May 2007, McMains Children's Developmental Center partnered with Tiger Cycling Foundation to form a new program called Wheels to Succeed. With help from local cyclists and Alvarez Construction Company, the program has raised tens of thousands of dollars to develop bikes accessible to handicapped children.
Wheels to Succeed has now developed into an ongoing fundraising program in which all the proceeds go towards purchasing adapted three-wheeled cycles for children with physical disabilities. Since the first Adapted Bike Demonstration day in June 2007, Wheels to Succeed has provided dozens of children with adapted bikes.