The National Crane Project was inspired by David Heard (2000-2011), a boy from Easton, PA who bravely battled Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer.   David wanted to place mobiles of 1000 origami cranes in pediatric cancer centers around the country.  David’s parents, Tom and Susan, partnered with Lafayette College theater professor Mary Jo Lodge, are working to bring David’s dream to fruition.  Together with an army of volunteers from across the country and around the world, the National Crane Project is installing mobiles in hospitals, schools, libraries and nursing homes to inspire hope for healing in pediatric cancer patients.

Current needs:

The National Crane Project needs your help!  Volunteers have folded and strung nearly 100,000 cranes into mobiles since the project began in October 2010 and now, we need to send those cranes out in the world.  Help us install our mobiles!  Want a mobile at your cancer center, doctor’s office, school or library? Contact us.

Important Update: Due to storage constraints, we are not currently collecting any additional cranes until we install the mobiles we currently have. 

For more information, send an e-mail via our “Contact Us” page to Lafayette College Professor Mary Jo Lodge at