1000 Cranes of Hope

Located at our headquarters in Cambridge our 1000 Cranes of Hope initiative is an award-winning physical and digital monument that is filled with passion, legend and lives transformed. Unique in its quest, it actively enfolds our own life stories into a collective life story as we journey from care to cure.

When we unveiled the 1000 Cranes of Hope in 2009, the initiative, monument and website were created in honor of the Japanese tradition senbazuru. According to legend, a person who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted one wish, such as a long life or recovery from illness. Typically, communities and families come together to accomplish this paper masterpiece. Every origami crane created in this act of devotion is more than an artistic expression — it becomes an individual story enfolded. When combined en masse, these small folded birds become symbolic of the larger narrative of all the life stories that have been transformed by a shared singular assertion: hope.

Please click here to visit our digital 1000 Cranes of Hope monument.