The Crane Project:
History of The Crane Project
In 2012, 9-year-old Anna Pfiefer founded and created The Crane Project inspired by two things - the diagnosis of her grandfather with late stage colon and stomach cancer and by her 3rd grade teacher reading her the story of Sadako and The Thousand paper cranes. In this beautiful story, it speaks of a legend in Japan that if you make 1,000 paper origami cranes you will be granted a wish. Anna wanted her grandpa to have a wish.
The Crane Project Milestones
Anna began making origami paper cranes and earrings for her student friends and teachers. With the help of her community, she made 997 cranes, flew them to her grandpa in Chicago and told him of The Crane Project... how she was raising money by making earrings and cranes for cancer research and that she wanted him to have his wish. They made the final cranes together at a family reunion.
Since creating The Crane Project, Anna has received incredible community support. Some highlights:
Cider Hill Farm was the first store to sell Anna's crane earrings. At the time, she was raising money to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
She has presented to her middle school of 1,200 students as a citizen of the community.
She has been featured in the newspaper, NH Chronicle
Anna has done motivational speaking by returning to her alma mater addressing the school and teaching children to make origami cranes and follow their dreams.
Anna continues to sell earrings and now ornaments with a portion of the proceeds going to cancer research and care.
She has donated over $15,000 and has visited Dana Farber Cancer Institute on several occasions sharing her Cranes of Hope.
The Crane Project Now
Anna and The Crane Project team continue to raise money and awareness making crane ornaments for a variety of causes including Batten Disease, Make-A-Wish, NH and Lyme Disease research, education and awareness. Her cranes of hope transcend all barriers bringing hope to whatever lies in their path.
The Crane Project: Tweety Fundraiser
The Crane Project is partnering with Cider Hill Farm and in collaboration with Lahey Health where 100% profits of each ornament sold by The Crane Project (and all other donations) will go to the purchase of a recliner for Lahey Health Burlington & Peabody.
Why a Recliner?
The Tweety Fundraiser for Lahey Health is in memory of Thomas "Tweety" M. Anthony Jr., the brother of Karen Cook, co-owner of Cider Hill Farm. Tweety received wonderful care at this facility; Cider Hill Farm and The Crane Project want to give back and share the light of hope. This fundraiser is inspiring folks to come together and help raise money towards the purchase of a recliner to be used by those family members supporting loved ones who receive cancer care.
The Cook family of Cider Hill Farm has been long time friends of The Crane Project. All materials and time have been donated by The Crane Project team and Kensington Creative Design who designed all the print material free of charge for this fundraiser.
Purchase a $15 Crane Ornament in Cider Hill Farm's Store or make a donation in any amount now: