[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
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Your very good
S RV4 years ago
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
cupcake8115 years ago

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

I agree
konablue7 years ago
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
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.
Mplinnc5 years ago
poor little guy.
A good name6 years ago
I heard about some guys who had paper airplane wars in pillow forts.
dombeef6 years ago
MAN! Im too late!
I hate to tell you all, but this is an old internet hoax...http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/shergold.asp
marc92 (author)  Lithium Rain7 years ago
blugyblug7 years ago
I seriously hope this doesn't turn into a Hotmail chain letter thing.
Thorax7 years ago
damn it...i'm too late :(
Doctor What7 years ago
How many paper planes can we send??
did he set the record?
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.
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 What7 years ago
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!
I ran out of stamps... But they are in the mail today!!!
lalettab7 years ago
Is there a deadline and where do we send them?
marc92 (author)  lalettab7 years ago
The deadline was yesterday (the 16th) and the address was also shown in the Instructable.
the dawg7 years ago
so sad..but i will try to send some aeroplanes
Hello my name is ed and i am from dansville ny and my school is sending thousands of plains to hunter.....good luck
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.
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. . . . . . . .
Thornburg7 years ago
I can tell that you have been to the hospital since you have a stamp. Am I correct.
marc92 (author)  Thornburg7 years ago
Nope, not from the hospital.
Thornburg7 years ago
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)  Thornburg7 years ago
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.
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)  Thornburg7 years ago
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.
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)  Thornburg7 years ago
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
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.
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.
coatesy9007 years ago
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) 7 years ago
Here is the homepage image for this Instructable if anyone wants to post it.
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I'll see if I can get Eric to post it.
marc92 (author)  T3h_Muffinator7 years ago
Nice, thanks!
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