Cranes for Killian

I posted earlier today about my buddy Killian's CD. Thank you for the tremendous amount of ReTweets and links and emails that I'm certain resulted in CD sales and also in some vitally needed funds for kids with cancer. There's one more project going on that's related to Killian in a more personal way. Being that you are all crafters of one stripe or another, I thought I'd share an opportunity to make an impact with something handmade...Here are the details from Killian's mom:

"Killian is facing the reality of the end of his journey in this body. He continues to fight, HARD, but his body is failing. We are making plans...preparing to celebrate his extraordinary life. We have no details or additional information (Killian is LIVING each day), but would like your help in this process.

We are asking Killian's friends, family, community...anyone who is willing and able to make origami cranes (any and all sizes, colors, materials.) We are going to need 1,000...2,000...3,000 cranes... as many as can be made, to include in his celebration. Read the legend of the 1,000 cranes at Killian loves this story. Here is a website with clear crane folding instructions: ml.

I ask that you spread the word far and wide...let him feel the power of the cranes, of the collective paper folding.... Also, I ask for discretion and to please have these delivered only to my attention (not the family) to:

Cat Cooke
c/o The Mansfield's
PO Box 10
West Shokan, NY 12494 "

I will update you on the progress of the project. For now, let's keep making cranes until 8/28/09.

Thanks again for your past and future love and generosity. Oh, and here's a link to the Flickr group where all the cranes that have been made so far are shown. Lastly, if you wouldn't mind clicking the "share" button at the bottom of this post and passing it on through facebook, stumbleupon, buzz, or whichever, that would be grand.



  1. I'll totally do this.

  2. Jenna - Thanks. He's an amazing kid who deserves to get a billion cranes in the mail.

  3. I'm trying to get as many people involved as I can. Hopefully, we'll get 1,000 cranes from a small town in California!

  4. Jenna - That would be unbelievably cool! Thanks again.

  5. WARNING - this note needs an expiry date - when do we stop sending cranes?
    (Search for "Craig Shergold" on

  6. Spreading the word - we need to flood the post with flocks of paper cranes.

  7. I hope I still have time to get some cranes there before the 28th!!

  8. I'm sure you do. I just put a deadline there so people wouldn't send them for the next ten years.