Crane Counting

Over 5,000 strung and hung, many yet to string.

The ancient Japanese tradition of Senbazuru promises that a person who folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness.  We are asking you to come together to accomplish this labor of love.  By making your crane, you’re adding hope and support to those who stand together in the fight against cancer.

Thank you to those who have shared the hope and love with Kirby through her journey.

How do I make a crane?

There are numerous websites that have directions. Please reply to this posting with other recommended websites!

* Aidan Dysart’s How to Make an Origami Crane (Directions) (Directions and video)
* (3-d animation video)
* Making a Giant Paper Crane! (Video for the really ambitious!)

Thank you to all you who have sent us cranes.

What types of cranes were made and/or sent?

* Tiny   * Quirky   * Ugly Duckling   * White Swan   * Funny   * DC crane   * Smithie crane   * Big Apple crane   * Engineering crane   * Kirbead crane   * Map crane   * Large, floppy,  Nationals, , granite, steel, ceramic, bamboo, earrings, pins, chop stick rest, photos of cranes in flight, and cranes with messages of love and hope folded within them.

Be sure to see Lili’s 12 December 2011,  crane  video in the Guestbook section of this site.

An early installation in  Kirby’s hospital room at the Washington H0spital Center.



18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roberta Meizlik cousin
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 21:24:43

    To Kirby,
    I am so sorry to hear of your illness. I know that you will have the best of care. I pray that you will come out of this ok. I had breast cancer starting about a year and a half ago and I’m still here.
    Sending you my love and thoughts for the best –
    Cousin Roberta cell (32) 360-2537


  2. Rosalie
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 14:07:37

    Smith Hillel Alums of Boston (SHAB) invented the “chicken crane” last night. This occurs when you are having so much fun chatting that you skip a step somewhere and end up with a crane that has a large body and small wings, similar to the chicken species.


  3. Amy
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 18:53:35

    I’m going to try to figure out how to make the Awkward Crane. The only sign I know with certainty is the sign for “awkward” (big crane feet?) — only because I learned it from you!


  4. owen
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 02:05:05

    Dear all,
    I have tweaked the excel a little so we can tally our done, in addition to our pledges. please place your cranes in the appropriate category.

    thank you so much for this lovely web site, we all realy appreciate all the support you are giving our family. could you please add the already made cranes to the excel so we can see our total?


  5. Jessie Hester-Mautner Braverman
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 14:00:29

    Hey Kirby,

    I was very sorry to hear of your illness. I know it has been a very long time since we’ve seen each other but just know that I am thinking of you and hoping you will get better. I will try to send a crane soon.



  6. Jean Rhian and Jerry Fairbanks
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 14:34:51

    Dear Kirby,
    We are thinking of you so often. I hope you can feel all the love and support that surround you.
    Jean and Jerry


  7. Mary (Limehouse) Jackson
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 05:45:05

    Hey Kirby….we are planning our 10 year reunion…for SWW…and we all fully expect you to be there! We are going to make some cranes for you! You are in our prayers!


  8. kirbysc
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 02:58:23

    This is Becca here, two packages of cranes have arrived to my apartment, and will be coming your way soon! 🙂


  9. June
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 21:15:30

    I have been making cranes when I’m sitting at my computer at work while I’m working on something, and this French post-doc who sits next to me became curious and wanted to learn to make them too (he thought it was an American thing :P), so ~10 of them are from him. He says he hopes you will get better soon. 🙂


  10. Jean Rhian and Jerry Fairbanks
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 20:12:58

    In case you haven’t gotten this one: Sarah Palin phones Senator Leiberman’s office and asks for him. The person who answers says “The senator is not here, Gov. Palin. It’s Yom Kippur.” She responds, ” No problem. I can talk with you, Yom”……

    Thinking of you and so glad to hear of your good days, new doc, and Owen’s arrival.

    Jean and Jerry


  11. Deborah Edge
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 19:45:13

    Am mailing you about 10 cranes- done by me and Barbara Diskin. Deborah Edge


  12. Christina Trainer
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 01:25:42

    Dear My Friend Kirby,
    You are an inspiration and a fighter. In the short 4 years I have gotten to know you, I am the blessed one to have you in my life. I think of you everyday, and I am confidant, that you will get through this. However in the mean time, I know NYC misses you…especially at Cliff Street. You should have had me pack your apt…lol 😉 Please lets chat this week or next. And perhaps I can make my way to you in DC. I would like that so much…miss you smile and laugh.

    Stay strong…
    Christina 🙂


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