Introduction: [UPDATED] Ease the Pain of a Child Who Has Cancer With Paper Airplanes

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UPDATE: Here is a video of Hunter and his planes that shows just how many people care about him and his cause.


Sorry that I was not able to embed this video.

It is a parent's worst nightmare: the life changing words "Your child has cancer."

For the Winship family of Freedom, NY, those terrible dreams have become a reality. Five-year-old Hunter Winship was recently diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer which is characterized by rapidly growing tumors. "We've told him he has cancer and they're going to make his tummy aches go away and that he's going to lose his hair," said Hunter's mother Cheryl. Hunter began chemotherapy to try and reduce the size of his tumor but it was "too much for his little body," and it took a large tole on him physically and mentally said his mother. It was then, after seeing young Hunter suffer so much that mother Cheryl Winship, along with Hunter's aunt decieded to create a distraction for suffering Hunter: Paper airplanes in world record amounts.

The Guinness Book of World Records contains records for the largest and smallest planes, but not the most planes ever collected. For Hunter, setting a new world record would be a huge incentive for pushing through his cancer treatment and a great way to lift his spirits.

This is my entry into the Instructables Toss It Challenge and also a plead for help on behalf of young Hunter Windship.

Step 1: A Simple Way to Support a Good Cause

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An easy way to support Hunter and his family during this difficult time is to simply send them paper airplanes.

The Winship family will be collecting paper airplanes until March 17, 2008, so hurry and finish reading the rest of this Instructable.

How to make a simple paper airplane

  • Paper
  • Envelope
  • Stamp
  • A minute of your time

Step 2: Folding the Plane I

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Start by folding your paper in half on the line shown in the picture.

Crease as shown in picture 2.

Then unfold the paper.

Step 3: Folding the Plane II

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Next fold the top two corners inward towards the center line that was folded in the previous step.

Crease the folds.

Your paper should now look like the picture.

Step 4: Folding the Plane III

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Now fold the topmost corners of the paper (not the tip though) in to the center line of the plane.

Step 5: Folding the Plane IV

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Now re-fold the plane along the very first crease line that you created. This will fold the plane in half.

Step 6: Folding the Plane V

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Now to fold the wings of the plane. Fold the side of the plane down to the bottom of it to create a wing. Then partially un-fold the fold you just created to finish making the wing.

Flip the plane over and repeat.

Look at the pictures and I'm sure you will understand it.

Step 7: Fitting the Envelope

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Now that your plane is complete, and you are going to send it to Hunter, it is best to trim the plane to fit in the envelope.

Line the tip of the plane up with one end of your envelope and cut off the excess paper that lies beyond the other side of the envelope.

Step 8: Video

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Here is the required video of my paper airplane in flight.

Step 9: Final Thoughts and Mailing

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So far, the Winship family has collected over 200,000 paper airplanes in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record, and to ease young Hunters pains while he undergoes his cancer treatment.

Hunter and family will be accepting paper airplanes from anyone, anywhere in the world, until March 17, 2008.

Please see it in your heart to send Hunter a paper airplane, and when you do, planes can be mailed to:

Hunter Winship
The Airplane Cancer Goal
11227 North Hill Road
Freedom, New York


Akshay_Raman (author)2015-07-19

Your very good

S RV (author)2011-05-22

if you did this for helping hunter,then you'll be praised.If you did this for the damn votes then you're a m0r0n

cupcake811 (author)2009-12-04

Great cause, too bad I'm too late...
I hope he is doing better!

lil larry (author)cupcake8112011-02-02

I agree

konablue (author)2008-03-26

accusing this person of using Hunter for sympathy votes to win a contest is quite sickening. you should be ashamed of yourselves...get your head out of your a$$es and show some compassion

xraver7086 (author)konablue2011-01-30

how could you. this man has a cause he stands behind. he cares for this child. he wants him to push through. if i made this in time i would have made hundreds of paper airplanes, just to help Hunter through. you are the one who should be ashamed of yourself.

Mplinnc (author)2010-01-06

poor little guy.

A good name (author)2009-07-26

I heard about some guys who had paper airplane wars in pillow forts.

dombeef (author)2009-03-17

MAN! Im too late!

Lithium Rain (author)2008-04-28

I hate to tell you all, but this is an old internet hoax...

blugyblug (author)2008-04-14

I seriously hope this doesn't turn into a Hotmail chain letter thing.

Thorax (author)2008-03-19

damn it...i'm too late :(

Doctor What (author)2008-03-04

How many paper planes can we send??

lalettab (author)Doctor What2008-03-17

did he set the record?

rippadollar (author)Doctor What2008-03-15

I mailed 657 total that me and my sister made. A friend of mine, also had a contest with her Myspace Page Do Your Part Now. Where all money is donated in the name of Andrew McMahon, a leukemia survivor and pianist/vocalist of Something Corporate and Jacks Mannequin. Our proceeds benefit McMahon's own, The Dear Jack Foundation to support research for leukemia and other blood diseases. I think our total airplanes were over 7000. We aren't in it to win prizes, didn't even know there was one... anyway I just hope it helps him forget, for just one min that he isn't sick.

Doctor What (author)rippadollar2008-03-16

Awesome! You are so dedicated! Unfortunately, I ran out of stamps (we don't use letters much...) But I like how you got other people involved. Which, unfortunately, just gave me the idea to get the school involved...

marc92 (author)Doctor What2008-03-04

How ever many you can fit in an envelope, or box, or delivery truck; it's up to you! He is trying to set a world record for most paper airplanes collected do the m ore the better!

Doctor What (author)marc922008-03-05

I ran out of stamps... But they are in the mail today!!!

lalettab (author)2008-03-17

Is there a deadline and where do we send them?

marc92 (author)lalettab2008-03-17

The deadline was yesterday (the 16th) and the address was also shown in the Instructable.

the dawg (author)2008-03-16

so sad..but i will try to send some aeroplanes

rollingstoner357 (author)2008-03-15

Hello my name is ed and i am from dansville ny and my school is sending thousands of plains to hunter.....good luck

iamthemargerineman (author)2008-03-15

shitshitshitshitshitshitshit. MONDAYYY?!?!?!?!?! and there's no mail tomorrow...... and i have no car to hand deliver them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if anyone is driving up there from NYC, LET ME KNOWWWWWWWW! EEEEEEP! off to make paper planes.

rocknrollskwurl (author)2008-03-10

please say after he wins the airplanes are recycled, and i hope the dude wins! mabe it could be a world record for most people coming together to acheive a record. . . . . . . .

Thornburg (author)2008-03-07

I can tell that you have been to the hospital since you have a stamp. Am I correct.

marc92 (author)Thornburg2008-03-09

Nope, not from the hospital.

Thornburg (author)2008-03-04

This is a great instructable, but I was disappointed that you entered this in the Toss it contest. I will send paper airplanes to young Hunter, but if you win shouldn't the prize kind of belong to Hunter since you used him to attract us. I voted for you, hope Hunter gets better.

marc92 (author)Thornburg2008-03-04

Honestly, I entered this in the contest to attract more attention to Hunter's story because it is relevant to the contest. If I win the contest I may ask Instructables to make a donation to a charity of the Winship family's choice, rather than accept a prize.

Thornburg (author)marc922008-03-05

Wait.... If your trying to attract attention and not trying to win, why would you put a video of your airplane in flight.

marc92 (author)Thornburg2008-03-05

Like I said, I may, if I win, have Instructables donate to a charity rather than give me a prize, so, to be sure I complied with the contest rules, I added a video so I would not be disqualified.

Thornburg (author)marc922008-03-05

I'm sorry, but they may have already bought the prizes (not sure). I am not wanting to try to make you feel bad. If you honestly are going to give the money/prize to Hunter than you deserve the win.

marc92 (author)Thornburg2008-03-05

I will talk to Eric about this and if he is not willing to make a donation (or they have already bought/made the prizes) then I will have my prize shipped to Hunter and have the Instructables staff enclose a message to him telling him of this Instructable and contest.

ps. bolded to draw attention of other users

Thornburg (author)marc922008-03-05

Then I have no problem. I just did not want a good cause turn in to a contest. But if it is still a good cause by winning the contest, then go for it and I hope Hunter will get enough airplanes (and strength) to get better. Sorry about all fuss.

Thornburg (author)marc922008-03-04

Well your chances are looking good. I know that it was not intended to win or anything. But this is a good instructable for a good cause.

coatesy900 (author)2008-03-05

Not that I don't feel sorry for the kid, but this is a really pathetic way to go about winning a contest. Trying to gain sympathy votes (which is very clearly what you are trying to do) is not a fair way of winning, and I am disappointed that this Instructable has been made an entry to the "toss it" competition.

marc92 (author)2008-03-03

Here is the homepage image for this Instructable if anyone wants to post it.

zachninme (author)marc922008-03-04

quiet bump

T3h_Muffinator (author)zachninme2008-03-04

I'll see if I can get Eric to post it.

marc92 (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-03-04

Nice, thanks!

darkmuskrat (author)2008-03-04

Damn, this = awesome, good luck

thebboy (author)2008-03-04

+1 and possibly the only worldwide instructable that serves a definite cause. Your in our hearts Hunter

thebboy (author)2008-03-04

OMG dude, this is so touching, i will definetly set aside five minutes of my day to do this.

budsiskos (author)2008-03-04

What is the record so far for the most paper airplanes?

juicyjay (author)2008-03-04


ShasO Fish (author)2008-03-04

I'll be sending in 153 planes tomorrow. Good luck Hunter. My family will keep you in our prayers.

Wookard (author)2008-03-04

I had Burkitts Lymphoma when I was about 5. I am almost 27 now. I was Stage 3 when they finally caught it and it was almost too late. It isn't the best thing ever, so do everything you can to help!

dunnos (author)2008-03-04

dude a paper dart!? further nice goal good luck in the competition

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-03

This is a great idea. It was very thoughtful of you, hopefully they will beat the record and help Hunter Winship. Great Instructable. +1 rating.

killerjackalope (author)2008-03-03

I like this i really do, I honestly can't think of a much better way to help someone than giving them a goal to achieve. Also the paper airplanes are a nice way to do it, it is kind of handy that the contest is going on right now, makes a good way to get more plane and different designs for him to have and collect. I suspect you'll get some abuse over the whole 'sympathy vote' thing, I see it has already reared it's ugly head, bear through it, it's a good cause and if you were to win or something then you'd be getting the T-shirt in small. I really want to see this record broken or set, it's a pretty cool record.

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