March of 2020 surprised us with the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing everyone to reinvent and reimagine our lives and daily actions. At Aladina, we were aware that we couldn't halt our support for patients and families who needed us more than ever. Our goal was to ensure that children battling cancer and their families still felt cared for, loved, and safe. Our team has worked tirelessly to make this a reality.
Childhood cancer is emotionally and physically challenging, and unfortunately, children with cancer already experience periods of isolation due to the disease. Since the beginning of the pandemic, one of our top priorities has been to minimize the feeling of loneliness and isolation among children, adolescents, and their families, both those at home and those hospitalized.
Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, our team found a way to convey warmth, love, and fun through the screen, so that our little warriors, their parents, and other family members know that we are always by their side. Through virtual therapies with dogs and horses, culinary and art workshops, games, relaxation workshops, yoga, and mindfulness for parents, we have managed to support our kids and their families during these challenging times and continue to do so.
In the subsequent years, there have been ongoing restrictions that have changed life in the hospital for children with cancer.
Aladina continues to work hard to ensure no child feels lonely.
An online project that helps us reach every kid
This is how “Together from Home”came about, a combination of many of our regular activities, with new ones designed to address the current needs of kids with cancer.
Thanks to it, our children, their parents and their siblings have daily contact with our team and can join many of our programs and therapies, such as: music, arts & crafts, yoga and relaxation, mindfulness, photography, pet therapies (with dogs and horses) etc and of course special outings!
Our Physical Activity and Health doctors also offer online training sessions, keeping them everyone fit and in good spirits.
Because happy kids heal faster and until we can physically return to hospitals, we must ensure that no seriously ill child or their family ever loses their smile or their determination to fight.