Students paint sunflowers in honor of Avon girl who died of brain cancer

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(Photo credit: Avon Mayor's office)

AVON, Ohio- The touching tribute to an Avon girl who passed away from brain cancer continues to grow.

Maria McNamara was 7 years old when a rare brain cancer took her life in 2009. This summer, the Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation planted a massive field of sunflowers along Interstate 90 in the young girl’s honor.

On Monday, her parents were presented with another special gift to remember Maria.

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Maria’s parents receive the beautiful work of art (FOX 8 image on 12/22/14)

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen asked the art teachers at Avon High School to create a painting of a sunflower for the family. The teachers took the canvas to each building in the school district to create sunflowers out of all the students’ thumbprints.

Maria’s parents, Ed and Megan McNamara, received the painting during a ceremony at the Avon City Council meeting.

As for that massive sea of sunflowers, the seeds were harvested for bird seed. The 200 25-pound bags were sold to raise money for Prayers From Maria.