Prayers From Maria Foundation announced last week that the sunflower seeds from its 50-acre Maria’s Field of Hope are on sale at area stores. All of the proceeds from the sales go directly to Prayers From Maria to support its mission of funding childhood brain cancer research.
The bags are available for $24.99 at:
> The Rock Pile, Avon
> Petitti’s Garden Center, Avon
> Petitti’s Garden Center, Strongsville
> Buyers Outlet, Cleveland (West Park)
“Prayers From Maria’s mission is to reverse the tragic lack of funding and honor childhood cancer patients with the attention they sorely deserve,” said Megan McNamara, Maria’s Mom and co-founder. “Maria’s Field of Hope helps us strive toward this goal each year. The flowers may have withered, but the Seeds of Hope remain, just as our foundation will continue to work tirelessly toward improving treatments and outcomes for these kids. During this giving season, the Seeds of Hope are a wonderful way to support children’s cancer research and spread the message of hope.”
Over 700 25 lb. bags of birdseed were harvested from Maria’s Field of Hope in November, thanks to farmer John Betzel of County Line Farms. Wensink Seeds in Monroeville donated all of its time and effort to bag the sunflower seeds. Sprosty Bag Co. in Wooster donated all of the bags, and all labels were donated by USA Label Express, Inc. in Bolivar. The 50 acres where the sunflowers are planted are owned and donated by The Richard E. Jacobs Group.
About Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation
Maria McNamara was enjoying life, taking dance lessons and playing with her brothers, when she was suddenly diagnosed with one of the deadliest and least understood childhood brain tumors. While Maria was receiving treatment at St. Jude, she made many new friends who were fighting just like she was. Maria started praying for them every night, hoping the doctors would find a way to make them better. Those prayers continued until her own battle ended a year later on July 14, 2007. Maria’s selfless simple prayers became an inspiration that ignited a Movement. Those prayers of hope live on today through the Prayers From Maria Foundation and its annual 50-acre sunflower field, Maria’s Field of Hope. To date, Prayers from Maria has announced over $1 million in grants to fund the most meaningful and groundbreaking childhood brain cancer studies.