The Association of Family and Friends of Oncological Children of Catalonia (AFANOC) was formed in 1987 by a group of mothers and fathers who saw the need to unite to work to improve the quality of life of all these boys and girls and affect all the needs and ignorance surrounding childhood cancer.

In 1988 the entity was registered as a non-profit association with the number 9846 in the register of legal entities of the Department of Justice of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Since its creation, AFANOC has developed an important task in very diverse areas around the needs that families have when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Very different needs that affect the child as well as parents, mothers, brothers and sisters, friends, school, …

The reality they found in 1987 did not correspond to the needs generated by this long-term illness and with an uncertain prognosis: very long stays in spaces not prepared for children or their companions, families displaced far from their homes without a place to sleep and rest, no psychological support to face the different stages of treatment, lack of stimuli for children, lack of planning to send them to school, lack of information about the disease, …; in short, families felt without any help or support.

At first, relatives began to organize mutual aid groups, mourning groups, disease information research groups, and a small group of very active volunteers began to consolidate. As the organization consolidated and grew, there was a need to professionalize the Association with a multidisciplinary team.

Over the years, the organization has launched programs and services with the aim of improving the quality of life of children and adolescents with cancer and their families and has worked to improve the psychosocial health of all of them.

To cite the most significant moments for AFANOC in recent years, we can highlight some important dates:


AFANOC volunteers have been accompanying children and adolescents with cancer in treatment since 1992 to the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Service of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital.


AFANOC signed an agreement in 1988 with the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Service at Vall d’Hebron Hospital to carry out volunteer activities and other support programs for families at a psychosocial level.


On May 19, 2000, AFANOC was recognized as a Declared Public Utility Entity with number 79630 by the Ministry of the Interior in recognition of its work.


In 2001, the “Put on your Cap!” Awareness Campaign began. in Barcelona, with the final party at the Barcelona Zoo, which has become a fully consolidated campaign and has made childhood cancer and its repercussions known in many towns in Catalonia.


One of the highlights came when AFANOC managed to intervene in 2002 in the design and adaptation of the new oncology and hematology plant of the Hospital Maternoinfantil de la Vall d’Hebron, as it was a recognition of the work made so far and a visualization of their ideas and goals.


In 2003, a new agreement was signed with the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Service of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital to ensure the proper functioning of the game rooms, the coordination of volunteers, the implementation of our programs and emotional care to the health personnel involved.

In 2003, the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya awarded the Josep Trueta Plaque to health merit.

We also signed an agreement with the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital to support the families treated at this hospital.


Another important moment for AFANOC is the creation of a Delegation in Tarragona in 2004 to attend to all the families in the demarcation of Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre. Inauguration of the new oncology and hematology plant of the Maternal and Child Hospital of the Vall Hebron.


In 2005 a first agreement was signed with the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu for the implementation in the Oncology and Hematology Unit of our programs (psychological care, social care, etc.), to ensure the proper functioning of the workshops and activities. that we carry out there and provide care and emotional support to the healthcare staff involved.


Another very important step took place in 2006 when the Diputació de Barcelona ceded the land to AFANOC to build the Casa dels Xuklis and the Fundació Privada Nenes i Nens amb Càncer was set up, which would be in charge of managing the whole process. .

The Department of Government and Public Administrations of the Generalitat de Catalunya awarded us the National Volunteer Award in 2006.


The “Ministry of Health and Social Policy” awards us the State Prize for Social Volunteering in 2009.
In 2009 the ceremony of the Laying of the First Stone of the Casa dels Xuklis took place.

In 2009 we signed a collaboration agreement with the Joan XXIII University Hospital of Tarragona so that AFANOC can carry out its activities in the hospital when there is a family with oncohematological treatment.


In 2011 the first family entered the House of Xuklis.


The Lleida Delegation opened its doors in 2013 and aims to provide answers and cover all the needs of families with children suffering from cancer in the lands of Lleida.


In 2015, AFANOC began the remodeling of the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology plant of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital, starting with the leisure and educational spaces and the Association’s office.


In 2016, the Generalitat de Catalunya awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi to AFANOC in recognition of its entire history.


In 2018, proposed by the Horta-Guinardo district, the Plenary Council of the City Council decides to award the medal of honor of the city of Barcelona. The city recognizes the value of the entities and people who with their effort and work, help to build a more humane and kinder city.