Our Causes

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Root Out Sarin
The deadly nerve agent Sarin is still contaminating the globe, while Sarin’s chemical derivative, Organophosphates, are in wide use as pesticides. The time has come to root them out and ensure a safer, cleaner, healthier future.
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Thousand Cranes Camp
Children with serious illnesses and chronic disabilities come to Thousand Cranes Camp to find a sanctuary full of love, learning, bonding, and the chance to simply enjoy being a kid. A true healing of those with vulnerable spirits.
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The original concept for One Thousand Cranes Foundation began with Elyse Roberts of Barrington Hills, Illinois, who believed passionately in a shared responsibility for the health and welfare of our children.

Elyse was particularly touched by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who suffered the devastating effects of Hiroshima.  Sadako was inspired to follow a Japanese tradition – anyone with the patience and commitment to fold 1, 000 origami paper cranes will be granted their most desired wish, because they have exhibited the cranes’ loyalty and recreated their beauty.  Sadako folded paper cranes in her hospital bed, praying for world peace.  Sadako died when she was only 12, before she could finish 1, 000 cranes.

As a tribute to Sadako’s life and selfless wishes, her classmates folded the remaining cranes, and Sadako was buried with the full 1, 000 cranes.  Her story stands as an inspiration to all, and a testament to the continued power of the paper crane as a compelling symbol for hope, love, honor, and peace for the world.

One Thousand Cranes is honored to advance its Vision and Mission in loving memory of Sadako and Elyse.

Fundraising

Learn how your donations help our programs achieve real and tangible results – improving the air we breathe, the food we eat, the way we heal.

Fundraising

Learn how your donations help our programs achieve real and tangible results – improving the air we breathe, the food we eat, the way we heal.

Get Involved

Across the country we are building a network of grass roots action programs, empowering thousands of communities. Join us today and make a difference.

Get Involved

Across the country we are building a network of grass roots action programs, empowering thousands of communities. Join us today and make a difference.

Special Events

Coming to a venue near you, check out our ongoing series of events to raise awareness, enact change and have fun!

Special Events

Coming to a venue near you, check out our ongoing series of events to raise awareness, enact change and have fun!

Meet The Team

Our Executive Board is comprised of veteran non-profit and business leaders, supported by program specific Experts and Advisors.

Meet The Team

Our Executive Board is comprised of veteran non-profit and business leaders, supported by program specific Experts and Advisors.

Latest News

LeAnn Rimes Concert Rescheduled to November 5th

Under instructions from her doctor, LeAnn Rimes’ concert on September 17th at the Village Amphitheater at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA is being rescheduled for November 5th.  Regrettably, Rimes has recently been sick.  LeAnn explains, “I absolutely hate disappointing my...
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EVIDENCE FROM VICTIMS POINTS TO SARIN NERVE GAS IN SYRIAN ATTACK

  By:ANNE BARNARD, YARA BISHARA, ANDREW ROSSBACK, HWAIDA SAAD and MEGAN SPECIA From the start, the chemical strike that killed dozens of people in northern Syria on Tuesday morning looked different from the chlorine gas attacks frequently used by the Syrian military. Videos and photographs showed victims...
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REPORTS OF A DEADLY CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA

By: Osita Nwanevu At least 58 people have reportedly been killed in a chemical attack on a rebel town in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring network. If reports are confirmed, it would...
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