September is childhood cancer awareness month. In the US, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every day and 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will die of the disease. In 2014, it is estimated that 15,780 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 years were be diagnosed with cancer and around 2,000 died of the disease in the United States.
Joey’s Wings displays 2,000 origami cranes in Shands Children’s Hospital to honor 2,000 children whose lives are taken by cancer each year in the US. Each origami crane is beautifully folded and put into strings with beads and other hand-made ornament. 2,000 cranes will be displayed as a piece of art to raise money for advancing research dedicated to childhood cancer. After September, they will be displayed in public places like museums, libraries, churches, grocery stores, restaurants and businesses.
The crane in Japan is one of the most mystical creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. It represents a prayer and a wish for recovery, hence a powerful message of joy during a very difficult time. The ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. We do 2,000! Two wishes are granted, CURE and CURE!
This exhibit opens on Jun. 29th – Aug. 5th, 2016 at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Fl. The education display includes photographs by Joyce Pearson and Stacey Steinberg, as well as a communal origami project that exemplifies the power of art to raise the spirit as a resource to illness, aging and death.