Four-and-a-half miles of sunflowers now line a highway in Eau Claire, WI, thanks to widower Don Jaquish's commitment to his wife, Babbette. Before she passed away in November 2014 after a six-year-long battle with cancer, she had the idea to grow sunflowers and sell the seeds to benefit cancer research and patients. But she didn't get to realize her goal in time. So her loving husband picked up where she left off one month after her passing.
He, along with Babbette's daughter, Jenny White, founded Babbette's Seeds of Hope. In June 2015, Don planted the miles and miles of sunflowers which bloomed in August. Very soon, 25-pound bags of sunflower seeds will be for sale.
“We wanted it to be a statement of love. There’s 4.5 miles of sunflowers, and it’s an enormous, beautiful sight. And that’s just like my mom. That’s what she did with her life,” Jenny told ABC News.
The plan is to plant sunflowers in Babbette's memory annually--and of course, get closer to a cancer-free world.
“I hope that eventually we can find a cure for cancer, so other families don’t have to go through what we have,” Don said.
We can't think of a better legacy Babbette could leave.