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, as well as family members and nurses, everyone needs 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–la Fundación Aladina (The Aladina Foundation).

In the past 12 years, we have done so much! We’ve had the opportunity to touch the lives of more than 10,000 children, have funded important hospital improvements and renovations, including the ICU at the Hospital Niño Jesús and the “MAKTUB” Bone Marrow Transplant Center. We have been a part of so many miracles!

Our website shows a number of great moments where we have been able to minimize a little bit of the pain from cancer, which is such a hard battle for a child to have to fight.

“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 is what I ‘d like to convey with this foundation–that magic exists and miracles do, too. Though sometimes these miracles delay a bit longer, Fundación Aladina tries to make the time spent in the hospital as pleasant as possible.

There is certainly a lot of suffering, and many tears. The battles are long and hard, and some are lost. But in the end, the love and affection from these experiences stand out the most.

Fundación Aladina uses color and smiles to brighten hospital stays for each and every child, as well as their families. It fills me with joy to affirm that Fundación Aladina helps kids fight childhood cancer, so that it is never able to take away a child’s smile.

We ask for your support and would love for you to become a part of our Aladina family.

Paco Arango


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