Thousands Around The World Support A Cancer Patient With This Tiny Gesture

Thousands Support Cancer Patient My Making Paper Cranes

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.

According to, Krelshem's friend Jen Frith enlisted Krelshem's peers from the theater community in and around Adelaide to fold cranes. 

She also started a secret Facebook group where she encouraged others to do the same and post pictures of them using the hashtag #CranesForLauren.

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!"

The global response was staggering.

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Frith ended up bringing some 20,000 cranes to Krelshem's apartment as part of her surprise birthday party.

Check out this video of Lauren's 21st birthday:

Happy birthday, Lauren. 

[H/T: RipItUp]