1000 Cranes for David!

February 17, 2011 at 6:31am

Centenary College's student body is banding together to make 1000 cranes.  This effort is to help reach David’s dream of making 220,000 cranes.  David wanted to build mobiles to put into every pediatric center in the country.


David was diagnosed two years ago with stage IV neuroblastoma , a rare often deadly cancer of the nervous system that strikes about 750 students a year. After valiant fight David passed away Thursday February 10th.  However David’s legacy still continues to live on.  David got the idea to fold paper cranes after seeing a Lafayette student’s performance of the play “A Thousand Cranes”, which is based on the true story of a 12-year-old girl in Japan, who developed leukemia after the atomic bombing in her hometown of Hiroshima in World War II. According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will get one wish. Hoping to regain her health, she started folding but died before making a full set.


To date David has gather about 70,000 cranes and cranes from all over the country continue to come in!


Help us keep David’s dream alive by joining us in folding cranes! No prior knowledge of crane folding is necessary.  There are step by step instructions here: http://monkey.org/~aidan/origami/crane/  just get a 6 x 6 or 8 x 8 inch square piece of paper and get folding!


If you wish to contribute please fold some cranes and mail them to:


Cranes for David

C/O Centenary College

400 Jefferson Street

Hackettstown, NJ 07840





David Heard and some of his 70,000 paper cranes.David Heard and some of his 70,000 paper cranes.