Sadako Sasaki

Oil painting of Sadako Sasaki with a red-crowned crane amidst a grove of cherry blossom trees. In her left hand she holds a string of origami cranes. Sadako survived the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima when she was two years old. Years later she developed leukemia. During her epic battle for life she folded a thousand origami cranes in hopes she would be granted her wish of survival. Unfortunately her health continued to fail. Not deterred, she began folding a second thousand before succumbing to the cancer. Inspired by her determination, her classmates raised money to finance a beautiful peace memorial in Hiroshima in her honor.

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