In Asia, through traditional folklore, people believe that the crane is the bringer of luck.
That symbolism brought on the belief that anyone with the dedication and patience to fold 1000 paper cranes will be granted their biggest wish.
The story “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” really struck a chord with me. Sadako had a single wish: to live. She developed leukemia, after being exposed to radiation from the Hiroshima bomb when she was two; and her wish was to live. She began folding her 1000 paper cranes.
Sadako and I share a wish.
I wish that no parent should hear the words “Your child has cancer…. and there is no cure.” My friends Libby and Tony are living through losing a child to cancer. My wish comes from their experience, and it’s a selfish one, to be honest. I don’t want to go through what they did. I don’t want any more of my friends, or my family to go through it. I don’t want any of YOU to go through it.
Now, I am in my own process of folding, and making a wish. However, instead of cranes I’m folding dragonflies. I’m hoping my patience and perseverance will also be rewarded with my wish coming true.
Why dragonflies? Two reasons!
The first is that Libby and Tony always had the dragonfly as a symbol for the little girl they lost, Jennifer. Since they were the ones to open my eyes to how little funding goes into pediatric oncology, it feels right that this is done under Jennifer’s symbol.
The second: where the crane is a symbol for good luck, peace and long life, the dragonfly is a symbol for change, victory, poise and the ability to see beyond human limitation. We need all of these things in the fight for pediatric cancer research.
I have made 3 dozen dragonflies to date, and will keep going until my goal of 1000 origami dragonflies is reached. Please join me!!! Together will reach this goal so much faster. I have a plan for what to do with our swarm in the end, but I’m keeping that a surprise… for now.
In addition to my 1000 dragonflies, I also have a goal of raising $1000 to fund pediatric cancer research. 100% of your donations will go to Unravel Pediatric Cancer and support two amazing science teams: The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Monje lab at Stanford University. After all… wishing only gets us so close to successful treatment. I’m a dreamer, but a practical one too 🙂 Money through generous donations such as yours help fund the scientists we need to see progress.
Will YOU help?
So, how do you do make a dragonfly?
- Step 1
- You will need: 1 sheet of 8.5″x11″ paper and scissors
- Step 2
- Print out this fact sheet about pediatric cancer. If you don’t have access to a printer, don’t stress — start off with any plain white, 8.5″x11″ (what you get from your printer) sheet of paper.
Please only use the fact sheet or plain, white printer paper. There’s a greater vision at the end of this project, and it’s important that everything is uniform.
- Step 3
- Cut 4 squares from this sheet, measuring “x”. No ruler necessary — you can follow these steps:
- Step 4
- Follow the origami fold instructions you see here: http://make-origami.com/traditional-dragonfly/
If you get a little lost, watch me create one here
- Step 5
- Take a picture or two along the way, and share it with the hashtag #1000dragonflies (on Instagram or Facebook) so that we can watch the swarm grow
- Step 6
- If a child is helping you, or if you’re doing this in honor of a child battling cancer, write their name on any of the wings of the dragonfly. I’d love our dragonfly swarm to have names!
This is a great activity for kids and it’s something you can do together.
- Step 7
- Make as many as you’d like.
- Step 8
- Mail your creation(s) to: Ava Hristova @ PO Box 443, Belmont, CA 94002
- Step 9
- Tell your friends about this project and rope them into creating a dragonfly or two to help.
- Step 10
- If you’d also like to contribute to funding pediatric cancer research, head over to my fundraising page. Or drop me a check with your dragonflies. No amount is too small.
I know my wish isn’t simple, but I know with YOUR help it can become a reality.
Did you know?
– Seven children die each day from cancer in the US alone
– 36 children are diagnosed with cancer every day
– Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children … more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis and congenital abnormalities COMBINED.
– The U.S. government gives less than 4% of its cancer funding to pediatrics, while the American Cancer Society gives only 1% to children.
– In the past 20 years, only 3 pediatric medications have been introduced. In contrast, in 2012 alone, 23 new medicines were released for adults.
We can help change that!
Thank you for helping, and thank you for spreading the word!
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