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 send your dear friend or family member 1,000 paper cranes of hope and healing.

Contact Information

Please send cranes to:

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Thanks to Miyaki in Massachusetts for a bag full of these bold and colorful cranes!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Five in a row...

For the past five years, the Kearney Public Library in Kearney, Nebraska has folded cranes as part of their summer reading program, and Cranes for Cancer has been the beneficiary of this good work.  This year we received two huge boxes containing 1,990 cranes, along with a note and photo of a basket of 1,000 cranes they made and distributed to a local participant’s family member.  So inspiring!   Thank you to all, and especially to “super” librarian, Rita, who has spearheaded this effort for all five years!   We are ever grateful for your support --“to lift the spirits of cancer patients.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Beautiful and unusual paper designs among the many colorful cranes sent to us by Eunice in New York...thank you so much!

Friday, September 8, 2017


With love and blessings from the teen-age girls of the Brighton Ward congregation, 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Gilbert, Arizona.   
Thank you!

Monday, September 4, 2017

More love...

With appreciation to our friends at the Grace Episcopal Church in Windsor, CT for sending 600 more cranes, including these special ones...

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Origami master...

“Continue to be inspiring and amazing..."
A huge donation of cranes, accompanied by some very skillful origami designs...thank you, Huong!

Monday, August 21, 2017

From Our Home to Yours...

One giant 'THANK YOU' to Jair Bacay for these sweet cranes and the sweet note attached. 
You've certainly brought some joy to our project! Now we forward it on to those who need it most.
"Dear Cranes for Cancer,

I have been meaning to send these for some time now, but decided yo see how many more I could fold before sending them to you.
I want to also thank you for doing what you are doing with this project of sending cranes to those that need hope.  It is a beautiful gesture.
I will leave these little cranes to you and hope they will give some much needed joy and peace to those that need it.
All the best to you,

Sunday, August 6, 2017

One thousand cranes...

Fulfilling the spirit of the story of 1000 cranes, Amy has continued the tradition, dedicating these special cranes and a copy of the book in memory of Melody Renee Tolar.   Thank you, Amy!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

All the way from the UK...

Three boxes of cranes, each with a caring note, came this week.  The note says, "Please find included approximately 518 origami cranes from the volunteering department at the University of Birmingham, UK.  We hope they help.  Please keep doing the amazing work you do!"

At Cranes for Cancer, we are so proud of the work our volunteers do to make cranes for people in need.  Thank you volunteers in Birmingham!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cranes from Nicole

These gorgeous cranes arrived from Niccole in NYC.  Thank you so much Nicole for your continued support!  They will go to a good home.