Sign of hope: Sea of sunflowers a beautiful tribute to little girl who died from cancer

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AVON, Ohio -- It seems as though they blossomed overnight, and drivers are taking notice.

Thousands of sunflowers now line Interstate 90 in Avon. They’re absolutely beautiful. They weren’t planted just for looks; they also represent hope, hope that one day there will be a cure for brain cancer.

“There's something about this field that we think really encapsulates what our foundation is all about, without having to use any words. So that has been really special for us,” said Megan McNamara.

The couple lost their daughter, Maria, to a rare form of brain cancer back in 2007. She was only seven years old.


Megan said she always had a great attitude and put others before herself.

"She prayed for all the other kids, all of her friends. She really just wanted them to be okay and that really inspired us."

They created Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation in her honor.

More recently, they planted a massive field full of sunflowers in Avon right near I-90. They just blossomed.

“We planted them about 90 days ago, almost a 100 now, knowing it would take 90 to 100 days to germinate and flower,” said Ed McNamara. “Sure enough they pretty much came up on cue, September 1st. That’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and now the sunflowers are here for everyone to see and love.”

People sure do love them. The field has been getting a lot of visitors.

The foundation will be hosting a special event there on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4-5 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend. The address is: Jaycox Rd and Interstate 90, enter from Jaycox, near Chester Road intersection, Avon, Ohio.

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