BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Folding origami isn’t a hobby you’d think of for young boys, but two Baltimore 12-year-olds have just finished folding 1,000 origami cranes.

Andrea Fujii reports they’re doing it to help save a mother’s life.

After nearly two dozen folds, Chad Fisher completed his 999th origami crane.

“I came home one day and wanted to do it and I knew I couldn’t do it alone so I brought him along,” said Fisher.

He and his cousin Max have been folding the cranes since the summer, after they learned about it in the Japanese book “Sadako.”

“In Japan a legend says if you fold a thousand paper cranes you’ll get to grant a wish. The gods will grant you a wish and you can become healthy again,” said Max Schnitzer.

Health is what Chad Fisher wants for his mom who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. So they’ve been folding the cranes at St. Joseph Medical Center. They are hoping the legend comes true.

“Coming for treatments here is monotonous, so it was kind of neat knowing my kids would be here,” said Ray Ellen Fisher, breast cancer survivor.

Meanwhile, other cancer patients have added their messages of courage.

“It’s giving everyone hope. Like if they know about the story then they’re thinking the same thing could happen and could be cancer free,” said Schnitzer.

It’s a small dream that’s taken flight.

“It’s just two kids folding cranes and it’s all over the place now,” said Fisher.

Various cancer groups and schools are now contacting the boys to teach them how to fold the cranes and to share the lessons they’ve learned.

The cranes are on display in the lobby of St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute.

Comments (13)
  1. marian says:

    how wonderful that these boys are doing this. chads mom must be so proud. my prayers are with her and her fellow cancer patients.

  2. sillyman michaels says:

    what a fanastic thing these young boys are doing …we went thru breast cancer several years ago …i found for myself one of the best therapy was
    to be extremely strong and very supportive ..young man you be there for
    your mom give her all the support you can give

    i hope everthing goes a ok with she can dance at your wedding and be
    very proud of who you are

  3. babs says:

    Such a touching and caring story for two young boys who face such a challenge not only for the mother, but for the rest of the family. Our prayers to these two young men and the family.

  4. Frances Caravello says:

    I applaude these boys. God Bless them. It is nice to hear something good about teenagers in todays world. This is my third cancer and would like to know how to make the cranes. What do we need to learn how to make them? Is there a book , if so where can we get it? I will keep his mom in my prayers. Thank You and keep up the great work?

  5. pigeon says:

    If this story doesn’t touch your heart nothing ever will. Oh my, how that boy must love his mother and the cousin loving his aunt. She, I am sure, is VERY proud. God bless all of them!

  6. Jill Bledsoe Smith says:

    Ray Ellen and Wendy, you should be very proud of Chad and Max! Ray Ellen, praying for your recovery.

  7. susan says:

    Keep up the good work kids! Your mom must be so proud. What a lovely living tribute.

  8. april says:

    it is great to see a story so uplifting on here for a change.I know this lady is so very proud of you..prayers for her and the family

  9. Doug Fisher says:

    I’m very proud of my wife, son and nephew. They are doing a great job

  10. Vicki Price says:

    AMAZING!! Way to go Max and Chad!

  11. Carla says:

    Beautiful story. My prayers are with your family and All cancer survivors.

  12. mother says:

    The tears are flowing…a child’s innocence and faith. We can all use a little of that

  13. Marcia Greenberg Hoffman says:

    My daughter, Ray Ellen, is an amazing woman in every way and the way in which she is handling this illness rubs off on her fellow sufferers and her family. What Chad and Max did with this crane project helped her as well as those suffering who wrote their dreams and prayers on cranes. Credit also goes to the boys’ parents: Doug, Wendy and Barry for raising these boys with their values.

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