Victoria mother’s Christmas wish for 1,000 paper cranes comes true


WATCH: A Victoria mother who set out to collect 1,000 paper cranes for her daughter battling cancer has received the ultimate Christmas wish. Ceilidh Millar reports. 

They may be small in size, but origami cranes have become a big part of Alison Lockhart’s life.

“They become Amy’s well wishes,” said Alison Lockhart.

For the last seven weeks, Lockhart’s 32-year-old daughter, Amy Lee Croft, has been in isolation at Vancouver General Hospital.

Amy is recovering from a stem cell transplant after being diagnosed with Leukemia this past March.

“It’s a very hard thing to have to go through,” Lockhart explained.

To keep Amy’s spirits up, Lockhart put out a call online to collect 1,000 paper cranes for her daughter as a fundraiser for her medical expenses and to share a message of hope.

Since the story aired on CHEK News, Lockhart said she’s received an overwhelming amount of support.

She’s received more than 5,000 cranes and 250 personalized messages of support.

“The love, the compassion and the kindness that has been shown to me and to my daughter Amy is just incredible,” Lockhart said.

Another Christmas wish is also coming true for Lockhart.

Amy has been released from hospital and will be spending the holidays with her family.

“It’s going to mean the world to me to be with my daughter on Christmas,” Lockhart explained.

Lockhart is also asking people to consider becoming a blood stem cell donor by registering with Canadian Blood Services.

“Just do that test to see if you can become someone’s hero,” said Lockhart. “You’ll be someone’s savior basically because you are saving their life.”

A reminder that sometimes the biggest things in life often start with small beginnings.

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