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An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1,000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true.
We did it! Through your support and effort, 100,000 origami cranes have been folded; one for each person in Minnesota living with a disability due to brain injury. Thank you for being part of Cranestorm-Wishes in Flight over the past year. We appreciate all you have done including folding and stringing cranes, inviting friends and family to participate, educating others through the project and helping to make an often invisible disability visible. This project would not have been possible without you.
Through Cranestorm, many people shared their stories of how brain injury impacted their life. During open houses in Minneapolis and elsewhere in the state, people sat elbow to elbow transforming paper into beautiful cranes. This act acknowledges the transformation brain injury brings to each person's life and triumph of the human spirit to live an engaged and purposeful life despite the obstacles brain injury presents.
Come and see the installation of all 100,000 cranes at CreateAbility, May 20 through 22 during Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis, This installation will continue to educate our communities on the impact of brain injury.
Do You Still Need Cranes To Be Folded???
If you would like to still participate in Cranestorm-Wishes in Flight, there are a few things that you can do:
- Help string cranes for the installation by coming to open houses at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
- If you have cranes already folded, please send them to our office, because the next phase of the project is to distribute cranes to continue to educate people about brain injury
- Fold cranes and do you own art installation during the month of May to raise awareness in your community
- Do a rubbing of cranes you folded and hang them in a school, coffee shop, office or library