It’s always a terrible thing to lose a loved one to a disease – especially one they’ve been fighting for years. But that’s precisely what happened to one Wisconsin woman, a sufferer of Multiple Myeloma, a form of cancer that attacks the body’s plasma cells. She lost a nine-year battle with the illness on November 7, 2014, leaving behind a grieving husband and community.
Determined to keep her memory alive, they together resolved to plant a field of sunflowers.Today, that field, south of Eau Claire Wisconsin, is over four miles long and crosses five farms. They’re all owned by neighbors who knew and loved the woman.
Friends and family of Babette Jaquish weren’t done there, however. To further keep Babette’s memory alive, they opted to take things a step further, and founded an organization called Babette’s Seeds of Hope. A family-owned business situated along the Chippewa River, the company sells high-quality sunflower seeds, corn, and wildlife blends – and a portion of all proceeds from their sales goes towards research into Multiple Myeloma and providing support for families of its victims.
Here at Liberty Center One, we felt that such a beautiful gesture could not be ignored, especially after experiencing such a loss ourselves last year. That’s why we’ve made a contribution to the charity, in addition to purchasing sunflower seed packs for each and every one of our clients. No one should have to lose a family member to illness, especially something as terrible as cancer.
With help from charities like Seeds of Hope, perhaps one day they won’t have to.
You can find information on how to make a donation of your own here.