Babbette's dream was to plant 400 acres of sunflowers to aid in Cancer research. When she lost her own battle with the disease, her husband fulfilled that wish; now her light continues to brighten the world.
It’s both heartbreaking and shocking to learn that, according to a new study, 1 in 2 people (or 50% of the population) is now expected to develop Cancer in their lifetime. While much evidence points to diseases of affluence, like Cancer, to be largely caused by unsustainable habits and poor dietary choices, it is still a difficult affliction to remedy – no matter the path one takes in their quest to heal.
In 2014, the harsh and abrasive affliction was responsible for over 8.2 million deaths, and, unfortunately, Babbette Jaquish was one of those statistics.
Also known as the “Sunflower Lady,” Babette lost the battle with multiple myeloma last November after living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her husband for many years. Though she is no longer here in physical form, her memory lives on.
Babbette isn’t just remembered for her generosity or kind smile, however, but the dream she had which was to plant a field of sunflower seeds to fund Cancer research.
Now that she has passed, her husband Don is fulfilling that dream. He did this by planting 400 acres of sunflowers and starting the company Babbette’s Seeds of Hope – all to raise money for cancer research.
The “Sunflower Lady” knew the importance of clinical trials, therefore was inspired to start the company and aid researchers. “Unfortunately…it got to be too much to start and operate a business when she was so sick,” said Don to ABC News
Several months after she had passed, however, her husband found a letter Babbette had written and addressed to him.
It said, “You move on and live each day…”
“…Feel me in the morning air, and when you wake up and make your coffee…”
“…I will be there always”
“She realized the importance of research in clinical trials. She went from being expected live two weeks to two months to nine years. Her attitude was everyday I can stay alive I’m one day closer to a cure. Unfortunately her health just kept declining over the years, and it got to be too much to start and operate a business when she was so sick.”
In the video below, you can watch the drone footage as it hovers past the 400 acres of sunflowers.
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