Varsovia challenge

Buying your kilometer you will come along with Irai and more children like her to Varsovia, where they will be able to access to a gene therapy treatment to fight against their rare disease. Please, join Fundación Columbus challenge by getting your kilometers and let’s make the cure a reality.

  / 2847 km donated.

Areas of action

At the Fundación Columbus, we strive to contribute to the progress of society, promoting and disseminating culture and science while driving social initiatives to help those most in need.


To facilitate the access to more advanced and effective therapies for those who most need them, in order to attain increased hope and an improved quality of life.



To promote musical culture as a tool for personal development and social cohesion.



To drive Spanish scientific innovation to obtain new and more effective treatments, which have a real impact.

Irai: the girl who was born twice

Irai is one of the 150 patients affected worldwide by Aromatic Amino Acid Decarboxylase deficiency –AADC deficiency– also known as juvenile Parkinson’s. A disease that, until now, had no cure. However, gene therapy is changing the history.


  • “To accompany this cause with my voice in the fight against childhood cancer is the biggest gift an artist can receive.”
    María José Montiel
    Mezzosoprano and Fundación Columbus ambassador
  • “It is a pleasure to be able to bring our effort and collaboration to this program because it would address a real need—a need of many children who, for various non-clinical circumstances, are not able to access the adequate treatment, or do so too late.”
    Dr. Alejandro Tormo
    Head of Oncological Radiotherapy
  • “In some select cases of childhood cerebral tumors, proton beam therapy can diminish the radiation delivered to the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. These cases are previously discussed within the tumor committees of the corresponding hospital, to see whether patients fulfill the indication for this type of radiotherapy, and can thus benefit from it. From the Cerebral Tumor Unit at the Hospital Niño Jesús of Madrid, we would like to thank the Fundación Columbus for the help they provide children with cerebral tumors whose cases are indicated for proton beam therapy, by facilitating the necessary processes to obtain it.”
    Álvaro Lassaletta
    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology service
  • “The technology of treatment and planning of the current proton accelerators allow very selective action in the tumor mass with excellent precision and safety, minimizing the damage to healthy surrounding tissues. This makes the treatment ideal in some determined types of tumors, most notably in those cases in children.”
    José Pérez-Calatayud
    Head of Radiophysics Unit



Benefit concert at the Prado National Museum

Room “Las Meninas”
December 11, 2019, at 8:30 p.m.
All tickets are sold for the charity gala, but you can collaborate with ROW 0.