Founder’s Letter


In 2001, I began volunteering at the Hospital Niño Jesús. Every Wednesday, I spent hours playing games with the children who had cancer.

Little by little I began to establish friendships with the children and their families Lots of the kids were teenagers, who either couldn’t or didn’t want to go to the game rooms. That volunteer work changed my life. What was once a weekly visit turned into a daily activity.

These first years gave me the experience to better understand the needs of an oncology unit. From the children to their caretakers, including family members and nurses, everyone needed real support. The great news was that helping, and helping in a significant way, was possible. Because of this, I decided to start my own foundation, the Fundación Aladina (The Aladina Foundation).

“Ala…Dina!” was a successful television series starring Paz Padilla that I created and produced for TVE. It was about Aladina, a genie in a lamp who had a hard time with her magic lessons, and was pretty much a complete mess. I gave the foundation this name for two reasons: children enjoyed the series and above all it had magic – a lot of magic.

That’s what I ‘d like to convey with this foundation – that magic exists and miracles do, too. But sometimes these miracles take a littile while to arrive. In the meantime,  the Fundación Aladina tries to make the time spent in the hospital as pleasant as possible.

There is a lot of suffering, and a lot of tears. The battles are long and hard, and some are lost. But in the end, the love and affection from this whole experience stand out

The Fundación Aladina uses love and smiles to brighten hospital stays for each and every child and their family.

Paco Arango


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