If you take Highway 85 through Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you'll see a touching tribute from a husband to his late wife — thousands of bright yellow sunflowers lining the road for 4-and-a-half miles. Don Jaquish made it his mission to honor his wife Babbette's memory by planting fields of her favorite flower. Babbette died last November at 66, after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.
Babbette's legacy extends even beyond the stunning twin fields of sunflowers that each stretch 60 feet wide. Her husband, Don, and daughter, Jennifer White, began a company called Babbette's Seeds of Hope, which uses the proceeds from the sales of the sunflowers to help other cancer patients and their families. The money goes to individual families, hospitals, research and patient advocacy.
"The cost of cancer treatment … the cost of drugs, the travel, the clinical trials, the grueling testing … it's a whole gamut of heartache that goes along with the diagnosis," Jennifer told The Christian Post. "It was her idea to take the beauty of the sunflowers and give donations to other families, to research, to whatever we felt there was a cause for." more >>
After undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff last May, Filipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao decided to forego doctors and rehabilitation programs in order to rely on God and the sea for healing.
Pacquiao, the 36-year-old boxer and politician, further aggravated a longstanding shoulder injury during a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., in a May 2 bout. Days later, Pacquiao underwent surgery and recently revealed that his healing process after the operation had nothing to do with the work of doctors.
"I'm fine. It's God's work," Pacquiao told The Philippine Star. " I never saw a doctor. I never did rehab. All I did was to swim in the sea as often as I could. The salt water healed my wound." more >>
As the Little Sisters of the Poor are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal court decision that forces the order of Catholic nuns to abide by the "Obamacare" contraception mandate, over 20 states, a group of Orthodox Jewish rabbis and a number of Evangelical and secular organizations are urging the high court to take up the case and protect religious liberty.
"We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from such a wide range of people and groups," Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor, said in a statement. "We simply ask the government to allow us to continue our ministry of caring for the elderly poor as we have for over 175 years without being forced to violate our faith or pay government fines."
In July, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious institutions must abide by the exemption rules of the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," Health and Human Services contraception mandate. more >>
RICHMOND, Va., — Thoursands of Americans protested outside Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the United States Saturday morning to speak out against the abortion giant that receives more than $500 million in taxpayer funding every year for its 700 clinics across the nation.
Organized by several pro-life organizations, the nationwide protest, known as the "National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood," was held outside over 300 clinics in all 50 states and Washington D.C.
The protests follow the release of seven undercover Planned Parenthood videos by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, which show Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sell of aborted babies' body parts. The eighth video, set to release next week, reportedly shows the abortion provider selling babies born alive in their abortion clinics. more >>
A nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood on Saturday morning, August 22, looks to focus more attention on the abortion provider's alleged criminal activity in light of the evidence provided by an undercover video sting operation.
The pro-life coalition, going under the name #ProtestPP, will hold demonstrations at Planned Parenthood facilities throughout the fifty states and District of Columbia on Saturday morning from nine to 11.
Former President Jimmy Carter said during a press conference on Thursday that his liver cancer has spread to four spots on his brain and that his future "is in the hands of the God, who I worship."
Seated alone before a group of reporters at his namesake center in Atlanta, a graceful Carter, 90, spoke openly and optimistically about his diagnosis and his plans for treatment. The 39th president will undergo four radiation treatments beginning on Thursday.
"I have had a wonderful life. I'm ready for anything and I'm looking forward to new adventure," a softly spoken Carter said. "It is in the hands of God, who I worship." more >>