Dr. John L. Cleveland
Associate Center Director of Basic Science at Moffitt Cancer Center
Maria's Field of Hope
Southwest corner of Jaycox and Chester Road Intersection, Avon, Ohio
Thank you to all who visited in September!
Our 50-acre sunflower field in Avon, Oh bloomed the last weekend of August - just in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. The flowers are declining rapidly and will be harvested around the beginning of November. The seeds from the sunflowers will then be packaged and sold as bird seed at local nurseries. More details on the seed sale coming soon!
ABOUT THE FIELD
The Prayers from Maria Foundation first planted the Sunflower field in 2014 to gracefully draw attention to the lack of funding for childhood cancer. The field was inspired by the memory and spirit of Maria McNamara, planted as a way to love and honor the courageous children who are battling cancer and those we have lost.
We hope everyone has enjoyed the serenity and beauty of Maria's Field of Hope!
The field is located off exit 155 along I-90 in Avon, Ohio. Go north off of the exit at Lear Nagle and take a left at the first intersection, Chester Road. Go west on Chester to the intersection at Jaycox Road. Turn left on Jaycox, then an immediate right into the field. Please note that Jaycox Road is closed northbound from Detroit to Chester, but you can access the entrance to the field at the intersection.
Maria's Shop has closed for the season. Please visit Maria's Gift Shop here on our website to purchase Hope shirts and car magnets that were sold at the field!
Special thanks to The Jacobs Group, Lowes, and Farmer John Betzel of County Line Farms for making this field possible.
In August 2016 the City of Avon declared the Sunflower to be the Official Flower of the City of Avon in honor of Maria McNamara and the Sunflower Field she inspired.