Grieving husband plants 8 KILOMETRES of sunflowers as a tribute to wife who died of cancer

By Samantha Luiz
21 August 2015

Babbette Jaquish loved a lot of flowers, but sunflowers were her favourite.

So when she lost her battle to cancer late last year, her husband Don knew the perfect tribute.

The grieving husband, from Wisconsin, planted 8km of the yellow flowers in homage to his wife’s nine year battle with the disease.

'I couldn’t fathom until I saw how beautiful it was'

“She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside,” Don told ABC News. After Babbette was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2006, they planted several hundred acres of sunflowers around their property. Years on during a period of remission, Don said his wife started Babbette’s Seeds of Hope after she had the idea of raising sunflowers and selling sunflower seeds to benefit cancer patients and research.

When she died, Don promised to plant a further stretch of sunflowers to give hope to other people fighting cancer.

“I couldn’t fathom until I saw how beautiful it was," said her daughter, Jenny White.

“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.”

And even though she’s gone, Don can still feel his wife’s love through the blooming flowers.

About four months after her death, he discovered a letter she had written for him before her death which 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."


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