Cycling Against ALS

Behind the Cycling Against ALS campaign to raise money and awareness for The Luzón Foundation and those affected by ALS, is a team made up of Juan Carlos Unzué and his family, Edgar Plans and Tactic. We launched a jersey to raise not only money but also awareness for the disease and people that work to find a cure or improve those affected by ALS.

The ex-goalkeeper and coach Juan Carlos Unzué was diagnosed with ALS in February 2020. Right from the time of diagnosis, patients know that they are affected by a very serious condition. A type of Motor Neuron Disease, the aggressive condition causes the loss of the use of voluntary muscles. The first signs of muscle weakness or difficulty swallowing rapidly lead to the loss of the use of arms and hands, speech, chewing, and the ability to walk. There is no known cure but The Luzón Foundation works is dedicated to carrying out research and supporting patients as their life changes completely.

Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans
Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans

In 90% of cases, there is no known cause for ALS, and treatment is mainly focused on keeping people as mobile, comfortable, and independent as possible. In Juan Carlos Unzué’s case, he has been active all his life in his career as a first-class goalkeeper at Sevilla and FC Barcelona before making the switch to a coaching role. His love for cycling meant that after his retirement he didn’t sit down either and was often out on his bike.

ALS has completely changed that. The condition has progressed so that he is no longer able to walk or move. Despite this, he maintains a positive mindset, finding pleasure in other things that he can enjoy.

Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans
Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans

Juan Carlos recognises the fundamental role of The Luzón Foundation in providing treatment and care for patients and support for families “Their Foundation’s work makes a huge difference”. Therefore Juan Carlos, along with the support of his son, Jesús, is raising money and awareness through the Cycling Against ALS campaign.

" I would like to play the bad cards that I have been dealt in the best way possible. "

Juan Carlos Unzué about living with ALS

For the Cycling Against ALS collection design, Edgar Plans has incorporated this positive mindset and combined it with his Animal Heroes for which he is internationally recognised. The Madrid-born artist has also added references to the symptoms and how this can be combated. He has included the words “the power is in you” from seeing people affected by the battle with ALS.

Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans
Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans
Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans

The collection consists of a Hard Day jersey for women and men, a base layer, a musette and socks. All proceeds from the sales of the Cycling Against ALS collection will be donated to The Luzón Foundation. The Cycling Against ALS collection is a powerful tool that we hope will raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and the important work done by the Foundation.

The collection is available to pre-order from the 21st of June until the 10th of July. After orders close, the expected delivery will take place in September.

We would love it if you helped us raise funds and awareness for the foundation and the disease, either by buying the products or spreading the word.

Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans
Cycling against ALS, a solidarity jersey together with Edgar Plans

PRODUCTS

Hard Day Jersey for man in solidarity with ALS   Hard Day Jersey for woman in solidarity with ALS

HARD DAY JERSEY AGAINST ALS MAN

90€
 

HARD DAY JERSEY AGAINST ALS WOMAN

90€
Jersey and musette combination package by Edgar Plans in solidarity with ALS   Jersey and musette combination package by Edgar Plans in solidarity with ALS

JERSEY AND MUSETTE AGAINST ALS MAN

108€
 

JERSEY AND MUSETTE AGAINST ALS WOMAN

108€
Baselayer with design by Edgar Plans in solidarity with ALS   Musette with design by Edgar Plans in solidarity with ALS

BASELAYER AGAINST ALS UNISEX

32€
 

SOCKS AGAINST ALS UNISEX

18€
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