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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MARTHA HERNANDEZ / MHERNANDEZ@STARADVERTISER.COM Sadako Sasaki was exposed to radiation following the bombing of Hiroshima and died of leukemia at age 12. While hospitalized, she folded 1,000 origami cranes in hopes that she would live.
COURTESY PACIFIC HISTORIC PRESS A close-up of the tiny crane.
COURTESY PACIFIC HISTORIC PRESS Eileen Martinez, left, of the USS Arizona Memorial, Sadako Sasaki’s nephew Yuji Sasaki, and Superintendent of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument Paul DePrey posed with Sadako’s paper crane during last year’s Peace Day on Sept. 21.