- Thanks to all the volunteers, the afternoons in the hospital are always different and great. We’re excited for them to come and have fun
- “The volunteers are the nicest and happiest people I’ve ever met. They’ve been like a second family to me”
- Aladina has a great team of volunteers who run activities and workshops, and others who do Reiki therapy on the children and families
- "Thanks for all the time, energy, and love you give our children every day”
- Aladina pays special attention to play and leisure therapies
- The volunteers are essential to the foundation’s work
- Every afternoon is unique and different thanks to the volunteers’ work
- There’s no better reward for a volunteer than a child’s smile
- The volunteers often become honorary members of the families they help
- “You go to the hospital to give the best of yourself and you always get back much more than you give”
- A team of more than 40 volunteers takes its magic to the hospitals every afternoon
- “Joy cures not only the soul, but the body too, and Aladina is pure joy. I’ve seen it in how my daughter’s illness develops every day”
- Aladina’s volunteers give their time and affection to sick children and their families every day
Our wonderful volunteers are the heart and soul of the Fundación Aladina. Fifteen years ago, our president, Paco Arango, used to be one of those volunteers. Now, we have a fantastic group of more than 50 selfless individuals that choose to spend their afternoons with children and teens suffering from cancer.
The afternoon marks the time of the day when the doctors and nurses leave for a while and make way for our volunteers. The kids and teens anxiously await the opportunity to escape the harsh reality of the hospital through fun games, workshops, training sessions, and Reiki. The constant presence of our volunteers allows them to create meaningful and deep-rooted relationships with the patients and their families.
Aladina’s volunteers play a vital role in the recovery process, as their daily companionship becomes a significant source of support to patients and their families. Our play activities aim to strengthen the patients’ will to get better, to help them feel less afraid, to express their emotions, and, above all, to allow them to keep smiling through the hard times. After all, laughter is indeed the best medicine.
All of our volunteer work is coordinated by an outstanding group of professionals, including Aladina’s director of hospital programs, our coordinator, and the foundation’s psycho-oncologists. Our volunteers don’t think of what they do as an unpleasant task; instead, they go back home feeling the great energy from the kids’ smiles.
Our volunteers keep expanding. We are located at Hospital Niño Jesús, Gregorio Marañón, 12 de Octubre y Quirón.
We don´t want the children to feel sick for one bit!
“Spending Friday afternoons with children suffering from cancer might sound like a sad ordeal, but a lot of these afternoons turn into parties where the kids have lots of fun and their parents are able to relax. And as for the volunteers, well, we feel infinitely happy”
Care for children and teenagers
Sometimes children and teenagers with cancer feel scared, confused, sad, and out of control. Using therapeutic recreation techniques, the volunteers help them the young patients understand the disease so they can better cope with surgery, hospitalization and treatments. We want to try to make their stay in hospital as pleasant as possible.
Our aim is to make sure their will to live and heal is strong, and to diminish the impact the disease has on their lives. To do this we use all kinds of therapeutic recreation and relaxation techniques, as well as give the children plenty of chances to express their emotions through play.
Care for families
Another one of Aladina’s key aims is to care the patients’ families and give them emotional and psychological support.
A cancer diagnosis in a child or teenager is a severe blow to families, and it’s very important that they feel supported and protected and, above all, that they know they are not alone.
The foundation’s volunteers and workers are with them throughout the different phases of their children’s disease, helping them whenever new needs may arise.
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