... 1955, Sadako Sasaki (right) died at the age of 12. She was 2 when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on her home city of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. At 1st a "strong" and "athletic girl," at age 11 she became dizzy and collapsed while practicing for a race. "Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia, 'the atom bomb' disease." As described in Eleanor Coerr's children's book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (2004), Sasaki, motivated by an ancient legend that promised the granting of a wish to anyone who folded 1,000 paper cranes, began making the origami symbols of peace in the hope of getting well. By the time of her death she'd completed more than 1,000. A statue of her holding a golden crane was unveiled at Hiroshima Peace Park 3 years later; on it are inscribed these words:
This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.