The sunflowers are here! The annual Field of Hope sunflower field, planted by the Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation, is finally in its full blooming glory. The 23-acre field in Avon began blooming at the end of September, later than usual because of poor soil quality, the foundation shared on social media. The poor soil produced shorter-than-normal sunflowers, but hope is on the horizon for taller, more abundant sunflowers, the foundation said. The foundation recently acquired property to grow and nurture its flowers for the 2022 growing season. The location of the field has not been released.

This year, 460,000 Mammoth Grey Stripe and Hornet sunflower and clover and wheat crop seeds were planted in the field at the corner of Jaycox and Chester roads. The field is open from sunup to sundown. Maria's Shop at the field is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, per volunteer staff availability. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Maria’s Field of Hope was first planted 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, the daughter of Megan and Ed McNamara of Cleveland. The field was planted as a way to love and honor the courageous children who are battling cancer and those who have died from the disease, including Maria, who died July 14, 2007, at the age of 7. The Rocky River-based Prayers from Maria Foundation is dedicated to funding research and raising awareness of childhood brain tumors called gliomas. For more information, visit prayersfrommaria.org.

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