Mother collects 1,000 cranes for a daughter who struggles with leukemia


Amy Lee Croft is recovering from blood stem cell transplantation after leukemia diagnosis.

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

When Croft, now 32, returns from stem cell transplantation at Vancouver Hospital, her mother asks aliens to help her make 1 000 origami cranes to encourage her daughter at Christmas.

Croft was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the Victoria General Hospital on March 9. He was sent to VGH to start chemotherapy two hours later.

"It has been really hard," said her mother, Alison Lockhart, to break into tears.

Croft was in the hospital for more than a month after his diagnosis. Since then, he has been in hospital and out. He and her husband Joshua have rented suites near the VGH.

On November 7, Croft passed the blood stem cell transplant after three rounds of radiation. He has to stay separate from the hospital until his immune system begins to recover. It is likely that he will come to hospital for Christmas.

Alison Lockhart and her daughter Amy Lee Croft (top). Lockhart asks people to send their wishes to her daughter when she fights leukemia. He plans to fold the messages as paper cranes.

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A few weeks ago, Lockhart attended an encounter where he met with Japan when he was only 16 years of age. The event made him remember the origami cranes he received as a gift when studying abroad.

"The group of five Japanese elementary school introduced me to the 1,000 origami cranes that had been attached to the wire," he said.

Since that time, he has been a valuable preacher. When the wire broke, he put them in the big bowl on the coffee table.


Traditionally, it was believed that if someone took 1000 paper cranes, their wish would be realized. Birds became a symbol of hope and healing when Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki started bending exercises after leukemia after Hiroshima A bombings during the Second World War. As the story passes, Sasaki died before the cranes were completed, but his friends completed the project to respect his memory.

Lockhart created Facebook's fundraiser named 1,000 origami crane for Amy Lee. Donations help her daughter's expenses when she resumes treatment in Vancouver. He asks anyone to donate a message that he can transfer to the origami paper and then fold into the crane. So far, she collected 89.

"I'm telling Amy that I think you're 90 years old and sitting in the patio with rocking chairs," he said.

He is also a person who wants to become a donor of blood stem cells by registering for Canadian blood services.

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