Volunteers

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 kids and teens anxiously wait for the opportunity to escape the harsh reality of the hospital. In the afternoon they know that once the doctors and nurses leave that is when the Aladina volunteers arrive and the fun begins! Through games, workshops, and training sessions the volunteers 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 activities aim to strengthen the patients’ will to get better, help them feel less afraid, express their emotions, and, above all, 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 uplifted from the kids’ smiles.

Our volunteers keep growing! We have volunteer programs 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”

-Armando, Volunteer

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 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 key goal of Aladina 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.

Testimonials

  • “Aladina is something you think you are doing to help others, by providing teenagers sick with cancer...
    “Aladina is something you think you are doing to help others, by providing teenagers sick with cancer with companionship and fun. But over time, you realize that it is the other way around, they are the ones who change your life. You notice that your problems are small and silly and that kids that are struggling to stay alive are teaching you how to live and be happy”
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    Ole Yañez, volunteer
  • “For me, having Aladina’s team around in the hospital when I’m admitted means fun, company, learning...
    “For me, having Aladina’s team around in the hospital when I’m admitted means fun, company, learning through cool workshops and a huge distraction. They are amazing!”
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    Melody Termenón, patient
  • "Thanks to the volunteers, the afternoons spent in hospital are always different and fun. We really look...
    "Thanks to the volunteers, the afternoons spent in hospital are always different and fun. We really look forward to seeing them, as we know for sure there'll be plenty of fun awaiting."
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    Ana Santos, patient
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