Babbette Jaquish was known as the “Sunflower Lady” in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, community where she lived.
When she died last November after a long battle with cancer, her husband, cash grain farmer Don Jaquish, decided to fulfill one of her dreams. He planted 400 acres of sunflowers and started a company, Babbette’s Seeds of Hope, to raise money for cancer research.
“She realized the importance of research in clinical trials. She went from being expected live two weeks to two months to nine years,” Jaquish told ABC News. “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.”
Several months after Babbette’s death, Don found a secret letter that she had written 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.”