Members of the Auxiliary of Einstein Healthcare Network, with the crane mobile
If you have visited the cafeteria at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, you might have wondered about the mobile hanging in the center of the seating section. You’re looking at a colorful flight of 1,000 paper cranes, crafted by students in the Origami Club at Central High School. The cranes represent the students’ wish for recovery and good health.
Inspired by the tale of young Hiroshima atom bomb victim Sadako Sasaki, the students partnered with the Auxiliary of Einstein Healthcare Network to create the mobile as a service project.
“The students challenged themselves to make 1,000 paper cranes, and it evolved into a caring and compassionate gesture toward the patients at Einstein,” explains Randi Rosenberg, vice president of Service Projects for the Auxiliary. “They spent many, many hours creating this beautiful mobile, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them to bring this work of art to Einstein.”
At the age of 12, Sadako Sasaki contracted leukemia due to radiation from the bomb blast and was only given a year to live. She began folding origami paper cranes with the goal of making 1,000. Japanese legend predicts that one who creates 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish.
Since Sasaki’s passing in 1955, her story and the paper cranes have become synonymous with peace, good luck and longevity. She is memorialized by a statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park.
Recently, many members of the Auxiliary had the opportunity to view the mobile at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and expressed gratitude to the 20 student members of the Origami Club for creating and sharing this beautiful work of art.