There is an old Japanese tradition that 1,000 origami paper cranes will bring good luck. Cranes for Cancer's mission is to provide baskets or vases of 1,000 cranes to cancer patients. The 1000 cranes bring hope and uplift spirits. We
've been doing this for about 18 years, but we NEED HELP! You can help by: 1) Donating money for supplies 2) Donating origami paper 3) FOLDING CRANES. If you know of a person who is in need of 1,000 origami paper cranes, please send an e-mail and we will add him/her to the list, on right.

Contact Information and

Please send cranes to:

Karen Grinfeld
11140 N. Canada Ridge Drive
Tucson, AZ 85737

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Something extra...

Mallory shares the stories and meanings of 1000 paper cranes:

Thank you for this beautiful presentation!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A big box of colorful cranes!

…bringing "brightness to someone who needs a little more light."

Thank you, Brady!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Special thanks!

Just a few of the terrific cranes from the members of the Campadre Academy JAG (Jobs for Arizona Graduates).  Thank you for your service!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A note to Cranes for Cancer

“My Dad passed away 10 days ago.  He had cranes on his desk.  He also carried some around with him in his car because he enjoyed showing them to others.  Thanks for bringing him a little more joy during his last four months of life.”

So beautiful and unusual...

A sample of amazing cranes….thank you, Sarah Michele!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Thank you, Rotaract Club!

These colorful cranes are courtesy of the members of the Rotaract Club of Shepherd University in West Virginia.  Thank you for your service!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Students from the Urban Promise Academy in Oakland sent cranes and cards, with messages of hope, support and encouragement!  Thank you!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Polka dots!

Thanks to the members of Alpha Phi Omega at San Jose State University for these colorful cranes which are sure to lift spirits!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


With thanks to a very talented Mother/Daughter team!

Experienced in the Japanese tradition of making cranes for family friends, Yuko and her mother teamed up to share their skill with Cranes for Cancer.  An aspiring nurse, Yuko believes in a “holistic approach of care and that cranes would have a powerful message, and would definitely make a positive difference” in the lives of patients and their families.   “We wish that these cranes bring much happiness, love, courage and hope to those fighting cancer and their loved ones as well."