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Article posted Jan 23 2009, 3:36 PM Category: Commentary Source: The My Hero Project Print

Angel Hero: Sadako Sasaki

by Amanda E. from Derry NH, Photo courtesy of George Levenson

It was a terrible time of war when the United States dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima, especially for Sadako Sasaki. The young girl wasn't near Hiroshima at the time, but the effects of the atom bomb spread throughout the country and into surrounding towns, and she caught radiation sickness.

When she was 11, in the middle of a track and field race, Sadako felt the first effects. She became more and more limp each day. Her best friend, Chizuko Hamamoto, recalled that one day she told Sasaki, "Don't you remember the story that if you fold 1000 paper cranes the gods will grant a wish and make it come true?" Hamamoto then folded a gold-colored piece of paper over and over into a beautiful golden crane. She handed the crane to Sadako and said, "Here's your first one."

Sasaki knew that folding paper cranes wasn't as easy as it looked, but in the days after her friend showed her the correct way, she started folding as many as she could. A couple of months later, she met a boy in the hospital who also had radiation sickness. Sasaki tried to convince him of the power of the paper crane story, but he said, "The gods can't help me now; I know I'll die tomorrow." That night the boy died. Sasaki was very worried that she would die too.

Two months later, Sasaki received a kimono with cherry blossoms on it, made out of the finest silk by her mother. Sasaki said, "Mom, you did too much for me." Her mother asked her to put on the kimono, calling her "Sadako-chan" anyway. Days later, the doctor said her health was improving and she could go home for a couple of days.

Sadako Sasaki only managed to fold 644 cranes before she died on October 25, 1955. Her classmates thought of building a monument of Sadako holding a golden crane in her hand. In 1958 the statue was built in the Hiroshima Peace Park. The writing on the base of the statue says, "This is our cry, this is our prayer; peace in the world."

Written by Amanda E. from Derry NH for the My Hero Project

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Posted: Nov 12 2009, 8:36 PM

7041 Sadako Saski

Posted: Apr 13 2010, 8:47 AM

206219 i have only read chapter1 and i love it already

Posted: Aug 22 2010, 1:17 PM

137118 we are doing a play of this story it is so good

Posted: Aug 22 2010, 1:19 PM

137118 the name of the boy in the hospital was Kenji.

Posted: Aug 27 2010, 9:19 AM

112200 i see this in my english book

Posted: Dec 15 2012, 2:41 PM

10852 its so sad cuz its true poor sadako.iread the book and i cried
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