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Spreading Peace & Joy • by Sandy

Sandy and 1000 Paper CranesSadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr is where my primary inspiration came from. It’s a story about Sadako, a young woman living in Japan at the time of the Hiroshima bombing back during World War II. Not long after the bombing, she developed leukemia and spent most of her time in a nursing home to “recover.” Sadly it was not meant to be as she eventually succumbed to the cancer. However, while in the nursing home, she decided to fold 1000 paper cranes. Japanese folklore says that a grand wish will be granted to anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes; Sadako’s was to survive her illness. Even though she was not able to complete all 1000 cranes before she passed on, her friends and family finished off folding the remaining cranes to be buried with her.

Definitely a sad story, but inspiring at the same time. It sparked an interest within me that I later coupled with wanting to put a different and positive word on each of the cranes. With the help of friends, family and Internet dictionaries, I was able to compile this list after nearly a year. As for the different locations bit? Well, I wanted to see how far I could spread the peace of the paper cranes. Did you know that paper cranes are a symbol of peace? And so, my project, Sandy and the 1000 Paper Cranes was born.

While I’ve not heard back anything from someone who has actually found a crane, the response of people coming across my Web site has been pleasantly positive. I was afraid people would find my project too whimsical or hokey, but the comments and e-mails I’ve received to date have really helped me to not lose sight of my purpose of my project: spreading peace and joy in a small way. If the project has managed to touch at least one person, and it apparently has, I consider it a success. And so I continue in my quest to fold, write and release 1000 paper cranes to spread positivity to as many people as possible.

Sandy is an artist who lives in Monmouth County, New Jersey. To learn more about her project, visit She may be reached by e-mail at

Sandy and 1000 Paper Cranes

Sandy and 1000 Paper Cranes

Sandy and 1000 Paper Cranes

Sandy and 1000 Paper Cranes


What a fantastic idea! This story had a profound effect on me as an eleven year old hearing this story for the first time. The author was in town for a few days and came to our class and taught a few of us afterwords how to make paper cranes. The story of Sadako has touched so many and will continue to do so via your project :)

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