If you are fortunate enough to see a wide field of sunflowers running along the road for 4 miles in Wisconsin, you should remember these plants appeared here for a reason to serve a very noble purpose.
For the boundless optimism and beauty of the soul, the resident of Eau Claire, Babbette Jaquish, nicknamed “Lady Sunflower.”
Her 65-year-old husband, Don Jaquish, introduced a story of his late wife in an interview with ABC:
She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Everyone that ever met Babbette fell in love with her. I was just lucky enough to be the guy that she fell in love with.
The couple lived peacefully and happily for many years. However, in 2006, Babbette was diagnosed with a terrifying form of cancer – multiple myeloma.
Unfortunately, on November 17, 2014, she passed away. A month later, her husband and daughter Jenny founded Babbette’s Seeds of Hope.
Don said that Babbette had wanted to sell sunflower seeds to raise money toward researching new ways of treating cancer, but died from the illness before fulfilling her dream.
So, a month after her death, the inconsolable husband founded the company with her name and planted more than 400 acres of land along the highway with sunflowers.
On Babbette's Seeds of Hope website is a beautiful perpetuation of her memory:
Babbette was a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend to many. She lost her battle on November 17, 2014, but her inspiring journey continues to give hope today.
We have never forgotten her dream of a life without cancer for herself and others. To benefit families dealing with illness, Babbette’s Seeds of Hope will donate a portion of the proceeds from our products to hospitals, research, and patient advocacy.
The Jaquish family sincerely hopes that their undertaking will help find an effective way to cure cancer so that other families don’t have to go through the dramatic events they had to live through. Both husband and children believe that Babbette would be very pleased with this act by her family.
Let’s support such a respectful last will! Share this story with your friends to let them know that these Wisconsin sunflowers were planted for a truly noble purpose.