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: 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.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Best wishes in many sizes...

Our thanks to the student members of the Key Club of Independence High School in San Jose, CA for these 331 super-colorful cranes in so many sizes, adding such variety!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sending love...

Uniquely crafted cranes of love and cranes from unusual paper designs were among the 800 cranes we received from our friends at the Grace Episcopal Church in Windsor, CT.   Thank you so much for your ongoing support and continued dedication to helping others! 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tiny cranes...big wishes...

Our thanks to Chelsea of College Park, Texas for her second donation of tiny (and some sparkly) expertly folded cranes!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


The 1,275 cranes in these neatly organized bags were perfectly folded and stacked by Carrie of Salesforce in San Francisco.  Thank you so much for this incredible and amazing contribution!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Our thanks to Autumn from Colorado Springs for these cranes in a variety of sizes and colors!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Continuing service...

Our thanks to the students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology UNICEF in Virginia for their second donation to Cranes for Cancer!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

To uplift spirits...

To bring hope and uplift spirits, Bin from Salesforce in Kirkland, Washington sent these 250 expertly crafted cranes. Thanks you SO much!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

International support...

From Salesforce Japan, we received 4,600 incredible origami cranes, expertly folded and packaged by 80 individual volunteers!  We are truly impressed with the kindness and spirit of the Salesforce CSG Japan team based in Tokyo and the project’s organizer, Praba. We thank you for this excellent work and your dedication to helping others around the world!

Monday, February 11, 2019

In loving memory...

In December, the Cranes for Cancer community sent 1000 cranes to Audrey, and we are saddened to learn of her passing at the end of January.  With the help of her good friend, Paula, the cranes were placed in a large basket and became part of Audrey’s memorial service, or “launch party” as she preferred to call it. Everyone in attendance selected a crane to remember Audrey, “a beautiful and very colorful soul...and a courageous warrior in the battle against cancer.”  Our thanks to Paula for sharing Audrey's story.

Cranes for Cancer is honored to have contributed some joy and beauty to Audrey’s journey and comfort to her friends through the legendary promise of 1000 origami cranes.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Tradition of Service...

Our thanks to the current students at Langley High School in Virginia for continuing their school's tradition with this 5th donation of 814 colorful cranes! Thanks, too, to their coordinator, Betsy, for her service!