The Seve Ballesteros Foundation, a private non-profit institution dedicated to raising funds for brain tumor research, in collaboration with Spanish postal service Correos and the City of Marina de Cudeyo, have released a postage stamp honoring Seve Ballesteros which entered circulation this past 11 April 2012.
The event was organized by Correos and was attended by Igancio Diego, the President of Cantabria, and Federico Aja, Mayor of Marina de Cueyo, where the event took place and which includes Pedreña, Seve’s hometown, among other towns. Other attendees included Angel Perez, Regional Director of Correos, and Carmen Ballesteros Botin, daughter of the best Spanish golfer of all time.
The stamp, which entered circulation this past 11 April, is part of the “Personajes” series and consists of an image chosen by the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. There were 300,000 stamps printed, each of which is valued at 0,70 euro each , and which pay homage to Seve Ballesteros” professional impact and influence.
On 5 October 2008, Severiano Ballesteros was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After four brain surgeries and being hospitalized for 72 days at the La Paz University Hospital , Severiano decided to found the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, his most personal project. The foundation’s main mission, decided in June 2009, is to collect funds for research into tumors affecting the central nervous system, and to a lesser degree, support underprivileged golfers with their professional development. The Seve Ballesteros Foundation currently operates in Spain and the United Kingdom where it works in close collaboration with Cancer Research UK .