Paper cranes are a traditional symbol of happiness, health and long life in many cultures. A young Japanese leukemia patient named Sadako transformed the symbol of cranes into one of peace-building and healing when her classmates fulfilled her life wish to fold 10,000 (she developed cancer after the bombing of Hiroshima). Since Sadako’s lifetime, cranes have also become symbols of hope for cancer patients.
JESSIE received origami cranes from friends, and she gave them out to visitors and medical caregivers.

In celebration of Jessie’s life, people folded and delivered paper cranes from all over the country and around the world. Many were made by school children. We estimate that several thousands paper birds were set in flight from the height of the General Sutton ladder truck in Ipswich on a bright autumn day.

Since then, we have launched them from a small plane over the ocean, scattered them from a tall crane at the start of 100k bike rides and 5k family walks, and hung them from holiday trees and bridges. Each year we celebrate with an annual crane flight at … the Crane Estate in Ipswich!

4a_cranes2We continue to share the paper crane as a symbol of hope and healing. We share them with families during crisis, children or adults on treatment, or families who are grieving. We share them wherever they are needed.

If you are folding paper cranes and want to send them our way, they will find places to land in the hearts, hands and homes of people we meet and serve!FCI_youth_cranes_crop