When Lauren Krelshem of Adelaide, Australia, was informed by doctors that her leukemia had returned despite a 2008 bone marrow transplant, she was forced to resume treatment, but she did it with a twist.
In addition to medical care, she began folding origami paper cranes in the hope that the traditional Japanese belief that folding 1,000 cranes would grant one wish.
When she got home from a routine hospital visit on her 21st birthday, she found quite a surprise awaiting her.
The result was extraordinary as word spread around Australia and the world. Krelshem's father Michael told RipItUp that no one expected this kind of response. "[Frith] knew Lauren was struggling a bit, so she set up this cranes group to give her a bit of a morale boost and show there's a lot of support," he told the website. "She started the group, told me about it in the first week and we never thought it would grow this big!"