Babbette Jaquish was known for her love of sunflowers. That was one of the many things her husband, Don, adored about her.
“She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside,” Don Jaquish told ABC News. “Everyone that ever met Babbette fell in love with her. I was just lucky enough to be the guy that she fell in love with.”
Babbette was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2006. Over the years, doctors used more than 20 different methods to try and fight her disease.
“She went from being expected to live two weeks to two months to nine years,” said Jaquish. “Her attitude was everyday I can stay alive I’m one day closer to a cure.”
One day, Babbette thought of an idea to sell sunflowers and their seeds to help raise money for cancer research.
Sadly, Babbette didn’t live to see her dream become a reality. A month after she passed away in 2014, Don and Babbette’s daughter, Jenny White, started the company Babbette’s Seeds of Hope. Her family also planted over 400 acres of sunflowers around their Eau Claire, Wis. home as a tribute to Babbette.
“We wanted it to be a statement of love”, said White. “There’s 4.5 miles of sunflowers, and it’s an enormous, beautiful sight. That’s just like my mom. That’s what she did with her life.”
Watch the video below to see an aerial view of the 4.5-mile stretch of sunflowers planted in honor of Babbette Jaquish.