There is an old Japanese tradition that 1,000 origami paper cranes will bring good luck. Cranes for Cancer's mission is to provide boxes of 1,000 cranes to cancer patients. The 1000 cranes bring hope and uplift spirits. We
've been doing this for many years, but we NEED HELP!

If you know of a person who is in need of 1,000 origami paper cranes, please send an e-mail with a name and mailing address, and we will send your dear friend or family member 1,000 paper cranes of hope and healing.

DONATE: There is no charge or any fees, although we now accept donations through PayPal at Thank You!

Contact Information


Please send cranes, with your name and return address to:

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

Please send financial contributions via PayPal to:

Unfortunately these contributions are not charitable tax deductions for income tax purposes, but will help us offset the costs of shipping, printing labels, and gift cards. We do not charge, but we do appreciate any financial assistance.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Caring friends...

Here are another 800 fantastic cranes from our talented origami friends, led by Tom and Deacon Denise, at the Grace Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Included among the many designs, foils, and “flower” cranes are ones with messages of hope, encouragement and love - dreamcatchers, bows, ribbons and creative recycling of paper from old calendar pages and church bulletin covers.  Thank you so much for your dedication and continued support!!!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Honoring heritage...sharing good fortune...

We thank Anna from Brooklyn, New York for sending this box of beautiful and elegant white, gray and silver cranes (and a few on strings) from her wedding, honoring her husband’s Japanese heritage with traditional wishes for good fortune and good health.  We carry these wishes forward to others! 

Monday, January 13, 2020


Salesforce Tokyo has done it again!   We received another 1,020 amazing cranes! Thank you so much for your dedication to helping others, and for your incredible origami expertise!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Reaching 1,000...

With this fourth shipment of 250 fantastic cranes, the Hunter Origami Club (Hunter College High School in New York), has reached a total of 1,000 cranes donated to Cranes for Cancer!  Our thanks to them for their dedication and talent, and best wishes to everyone for a good and healthy new year in 2020!

Friday, December 27, 2019

Ongoing service...

Our thanks to the members of USC’s Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Kappa Chapter, for their 6th donation to Cranes for Cancer with 1400 amazing cranes, and an impressive dedication to ongoing community service!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sparkling support...

Another colorful donation from our friends at Humana Pharmacy in Arizona!

Thank you so much!!!


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Calm comfort...

Our thanks to Ashley of Richardson, Texas, for these lovely cranes in calm, quiet and peaceful colors and designs.  We haven’t seen many of these paper patterns before, and we appreciate the variety! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Uplifting others...

The Volun-tweens (4th - 6th graders) of the Deer Park Public Library in New York sent these colorful cranes to bring hope and brighten the days of those who need to be uplifted.  Our thanks to them for their community service, and to Children’s Librarian, Melissa! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Beauty and fun...

Skyler from Southern California folded 1,000 amazing cranes from paper she obtained on her trip to Japan:  traditional Japanese flower prints, bold designs, food themed (fruit, ice cream, burgers and fries), animal prints (cats, rabbits) and Hello Kitty.  Thank you so much for these beautiful and fun cranes!


Sunday, December 1, 2019

More love...

We received a 3rd donation of 250 fantastic cranes from the Origami Club of Hunter College High School in New York.   Thank you so much for these small 3” cranes which fill our gift boxes quite nicely!