Sending hope and healing to all,
---Karen and Julie

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 in making cranes.

AND, 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.

Sunday, October 18, 2020


Our thanks to the members (students) of the non-profit Massachusetts Junior Classical League for their donation of cranes!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Special silver...

Once again, our friends at Grace Episcopal Church in Windsor, CT have contributed 800 fantastic cranes! Highlighting this donation are very special silver cranes---the color which recognizes lung cancer.  We are truly grateful for the continuing support and friendship!

Thursday, October 8, 2020


Our thanks to Cassie of El Cajon, California for adding these colorful cranes to our efforts!

Friday, September 25, 2020


Our thanks to Deric for this second donation of colorful cranes!


Friday, September 18, 2020

Honoring heritage...

Our thanks to Mika from Hawaii for these 1700 amazing cranes, expertly crafted and carefully packed.  Honoring her Japanese heritage and the legend of the thousand cranes, Mika is sharing her personal summer project with us to help others in need.  We love the small cranes, especially the foils!

Monday, September 14, 2020

A Summer Tradition...

For the 8th year in a row, the participants in the summer reading program at the Kearney Public Library in Kearney, Nebraska have supported Cranes for Cancer.  This year’s donation of 1,988 amazing cranes included many exciting paper designs that we haven’t previously received, and a variety of sizes.  We are so grateful for the dedication of the librarians who have continued this tradition, and we truly appreciate their generosity!  Thank you!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Lights of Hope...

THANK YOU - to our Donors and Volunteers!


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Service to others...

What an amazing variety of cranes in so many colors, sizes, papers and designs! Our thanks to the El Cerrito Key Club (California) - high school students who focus their efforts on service to the community!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The treasure of shared memories...

Many thanks to the interns at Shiseido Americas in New Jersey for these lovely cranes and the special note, quoting Antoine de Saint Exupery, “There is nothing that can equal the treasure of so many shared memories.” - and our shared experiences at Cranes for Cancer!

Friday, September 4, 2020


 Behold these beautiful cranes from beautiful papers!  Thank you, S. Murray, from San Francisco!