Thursday , June 8 2023

The mother collects 1,000 paper cranes for the daughter who is struggling with leukemia


Amy Lee Croft recovers from a blood stem cell transplant after being diagnosed with leukemia.

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A thousand small paper cranes, a gift from five Japanese students, sat in a bowl on a coffee table in Amy Lee Croft's childhood home.

As Croft, 32, recovers from a stem cell transplant at Vancouver General Hospital, her mother asks her to help them make 1000 origami cranes to encourage her daughter through the Christmas season.

Croft was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Victoria General Hospital on March 9th. She was transported to VGH to start chemotherapy after two hours.

"It was very hard," said her mother, Alison Lockhart, who broke in tears.

Croft was in the hospital for more than a month after her diagnosis. Since then, he has entered and left the hospital. She and her husband Joshua rented a suite near VGH.

On Nov. 7, Croft underwent a blood stem cell transplant after three rounds of radiation. Now she has to remain isolated in her hospital until her immune system begins to recover. He'll probably be in the hospital over Christmas.

Alison Lockhart and Amy Lee Croft's daughter (up). Lockhart asks people to send his daughter good wishes while fighting against leukemia. She intends to use the messages in paper cranes.

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A few weeks ago, Lockhart attended a meeting with a group of friends he met during an exchange in Japan when he was only 16 years old. The event caused them to recall the origami cranes he received as a gift while studying abroad.

"A group of five Japanese elementary school pupils presented me 1000 origami cranes, tight on the wire," she said.

She has cherished the paper birds since then. When the wire broke, he put them in a large bowl on the coffee table.


Traditionally, it was believed that if one had scattered 1,000 paper cranes, their desire would become reality. Birds have become a symbol of hope and healing after a Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, began to plummet after contracted leukemia after the Hiroshima A bombing during the Second World War. As she says, Sasaki died before finishing the cranes, but her friends have finished the project to honor her memory.

Lockhart created a fundraising fund called 1000 origami for Amy Lee. Donations will help the daughter spend her expenses while continuing treatment in Vancouver. He asks whoever gives a message that he can transcribe on origami paper and then roll in a crane. So far she has gathered 89.

"I'm telling her, Amy, I think you'll live up to the age of 90, and you'll sit on the terrace in a rocking chair," she said.

She is also people to consider becoming a blood stem cell donor by registering at Canadian Blood Services.

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