Welcome to our new blog!
We are so excited to be able to use this feature to keep everyone up to date on the happenings at Babbette’s Seeds of Hope. Who would have ever guessed a strip of yellow sunflowers 60 feet wide on both sides of the highway for almost 5 miles would have turned into something far beyond our dreams. Babbette, my mother, was simply the most amazing woman! There is not a day that goes by that our family doesn’t miss her and long to have her back with us. It was her love of life and her love of sunflowers that inspired us to plant them in her memory and continue with her dreams.
Mom lost her almost nine year battle with Multiple Myeloma on November 17, 2014 at 9:42 pm. She fought through 23 different treatments in those years, she was never allowed a break from the grueling testing, treatments, side effects, etc…that come long with the cancer journey. But through it all, never once did she complain and that radiating smile you see on her sunflower packets she wore every single day. It was through this journey that Mom realized the need for funding in several areas.
During those long nights when she wasn’t able to sleep, she came up with an idea. Let us use the sunflowers as a way to raise money, to donate to other programs that will make a difference in the lives of not only cancer patients and their families but all illnesses and loss.
Giving…that one word describes my mom the best, she gave of her self…always. In March of 2015, 3 months after Mom went to home, I was asked to be a part of the Woman of the Year Campaign with Dr. Martha Lacy ( Mayo Clinic, Rochester ) and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. It is one of their biggest fundraisers, each candidate chooses 5 people to help them raise money for a 10 week period. Whomever raises the most, is crowned Woman/Man of the Year. Dr. Lacy was Mom’s doctor through all those years and they became wonderful friends. In those 10 weeks, the family and friends of Babbette Jaquish/ Seeds of Hope raised just over $23,000 for LLS!!!! Our entire team raised over $130,000 in ten weeks, making Dr. Martha Lacy of Mayo Clinic the 2015 LLS Woman of the Year. Because of our efforts, Dr. Lacy/Mayo Clinic was given rights to allocate and name funding of the money raised.
Mayo Clinic now has the Babbette Jaquish Myeloma and Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia Research Portfolio Grant helping fund critical research for other myeloma patients. It was one of the biggest honors of my life, to receive this grant at the Life Blood Awards in memory of my mom. Mom always taught us that everything happens for a reason, sometimes the lessons are really difficult to see but they are there!
I believe my time spent with LLS, learning about their wonderful work and how they structure and organize themselves, giving back 80% or more of what they raise back to funding programs and patients was a life experience for what we are now trying to do here with Babbette’s Seeds of Hope! Giving back in a large way! Getting started has been and still is a daunting task but the effort put forth by all involved is truly amazing. A very special THANK YOU to Dupont Pioneer and all their employees for their generousity in making this all possible!
We hope you subscribe to the Blog and follow us as we travel this journey together! We will be posting pictures and videos very soon of Babbette’s 2016 sunflower tribute! #seedsofhope
Attached is a picture taken September of 2010, Mom with Dr. Lacy after her stem cell transplant.