Now, Lee Croft is recovering from blood cell transplantation after the leukemia diagnosis.
One thousand small paper cranes, a gift from five Japanese students, were on the shelf on the table in the backyard of Lee Lee Croft's children's home.
Now, when 32-year-old Croft begins to recover spinal transplantation in a hospital in Vancouver, his mother asks him to help her to encourage the girl to celebrate Christmas with about 1,000 origami cranes.
Croft diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Victoria's general hospital on March 9. Two hours later, he went to VGH to start chemotherapy.
"It was very difficult," says Alison Lockhart, his mother.
Croft had been in the hospital for more than a month after the diagnosis. Since then, he has been in hospital and hospital. He and his husband rented a luxury suite near Joshua VGH.
On November 7, Croft transplanted blood cells after three rounds. It should remain in the hospital isolated until the immune system is restored. She may be in the hospital at Christmas.
A few weeks ago, Lockhart took part in a meeting with a group of friends at the age of 16 when he was in Japan. The incident recalled the origami taps he received as a gift when he was studying abroad.
"Five Japanese primary school students offered me about 1,000 origami cranes.
Since then he has appreciated the paper birds. If the thread breaks down, he put them on a table in a large bowl.
Traditionally, if someone collected 1000 paper cranes, their desires were considered as fulfilled. Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki became the symbol of hope and treatment during the Second World War, when Hiroshima was bombarded with A-bombing, and the birds that had started hardening cranes. While talking, Sasaki died before she finished the taps, but her friends finished her memorial project.
Lockhart was the organizer of Facebook for 1,000 origami cranes for Amy Lee. When continuing treatment in Vancouver, donations help the girl pay. She asks for charity to write on the origami paper and then add a tape-shaped message. Until now he has collected 89 people.
"I believe Amy is 90 years old and he is sitting in your royal chair," he says.
He also enrolls the Canadian Blood Service and seeks to become a donor of blood cells.