Mourning Husband Plants 4-Mile Sunflower Field In Wife's Honor

A Wisconsin man carries out his wife's legacy by planting a giant sunflower field and selling the seeds to raise funds for cancer patient resources.

Nearly four-miles of blooming sunflowers are aligned along a Wisconsin road planted by Don Jaquish in honor of his late wife, Babbette.

Don Jaquish

Babbette lost her battle with cancer last November but before her passing, she requested that Don and the family begin growing a field of sunflowers on their farm to later sell the seeds and use the funds to support cancer patients.

"She's always loved flowers, but sunflowers were her favorite," Jaquish said in an interview with ABC 13 News Now. "They fit her personality. She'd walk into a room and her smile would light up the whole room."

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Jaquish continued the sunflower field after his wife’s passing and neighbors even opened up their fields for him to use in support of the cause. The flowers now stretch four miles long and are being put to the use that Babbette intended.

sunflower seeds, Don Jaquish plants 4 miles of sunflowers for wife Babette who he lost to cancer

Jaquish started “Babbette’s Seeds of Hope,” the charitable effort his wife requested to sell sunflower seeds and raise money for people affected by cancer as well as hospitals, research and patient advocacy.

The seeds’ packaging will include a picture of Babette’s face on the front, further carrying on her legacy.

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"She was a pretty modest person and I'm not so sure she'd want her picture on the bag," Jaquish told ABC. "But she's such a beautiful woman. She didn't really know how beautiful she was, inside and out."

Four months after Babbette’s death Jaquish found a note she left for him that read, “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.”

Here is small drone clip of the sunflowers for those who are not able to come and see!

Posted by Babbette's Seeds of Hope on Thursday, August 13, 2015
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