Significance of the Paper Crane Symbol
Japanese legend has it that when one makes 1000 paper cranes, they can make a wish and it will come true. One of Helene's closest friends, Audrey Tseng decided that while Helene was in the hospital, she would make paper cranes in hopes that her wish would come true and Helene would recover. As her idea spread, many people in the community decided that they would make cranes to contribute to the project and because they felt it was a therapeutic way to channel their feelings during the tragic time of Helene's illness and death. Friends, family members, and students at Cranbury School & Princeton High School pitched in on the goal to make one thousand paper cranes for Helene. At Helene's funeral service, there were over 3000 paper cranes. After the funeral, thousands more were made and given to the Cody family. A display with some of the cranes was made by Helene's family and friends and donated to the Pediatric Unit of the University Medical Center of Princeton as a beautiful and inspiration piece of artwork for their playroom.