Prayers From Maria: Flowers of Hope

Megan Carr of North Ridgeville holds her 5-month-old son Logan in the air as her husband Lee looks on Sept. 21 at Maria’s Field of Hope in Avon. The 35-acre sunflower field, which is run by the Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation, was planted in 2014 in honor of Maria McNamara, an Avon Lake girl who passed away in 2007 after battling a brain stem glioma. (photo by Mike Crupi)


AVON – The Prayers from Maria Field of Hope sunflower field is officially in-bloom! The popular attraction, which borders Chester Road, Jaycox Road and Interstate 90 has become a fall tradition for area families who head over for photos and even concerts, fireworks and other special events all fall.

Since last year, the nonprofit knew it would eventually have to move the field from the Jacobs-Group-owned property that is slowly developing, cutting down on the field’s size.

The city of Avon has been committed to keeping the field in the city, so it’s not going far. For now it remains in its original location, bringing families together. And ultimately honoring Ed and Megan McNamara’s 7-year-old daughter Maria, who died in 2007 after struggling with a brain stem glioma.

The field not only honors Maria and her prayers for the other kids in the hospital. It’s also a very visible landmark for the large nonprofit working to raise money for Glioma research.


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