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, 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."

Monday, October 20, 2014

A sample...

Just a few of the colorful, well-made cranes from Patricia!   Thank you!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ART INSTALLATION -- beauty and hope!

College art student, Daniella, created these 1000 cranes for her amazing sculpture installation to “represent people affected by cancer reaching toward recovery.”  Thank you, Daniella, for sending us your cranes and sharing your message of hope!

1000 on strings!

THANKS, Sandra,  for these amazing, colorful cranes on strings--so neatly stacked and organized!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Remembering Gloria

Dear Friends,

We are sorry to learn that Gloria passed away this morning.  Her friend Sharyn sent us a beautiful message:

"I want you to know the cranes meant so much to all of us.  They were transformed into a wonderful wreath that adorned Gloria's home.  She knew of the cranes and the traditions behind them.  Such wonderful gift you have given us."

Sharyn, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Service to others brings rewards!

Keanna’s good work creating 1000 cranes  is recognized by her high school in Hawaii with community service hours!

Thank you!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rita's Story

This story just touched our hearts:

Rita from the Kearny Public Library sent us this letter:  We are so grateful and we feel blessed.  We hope your cranes continually lift your spirits and that you have a full recovery!