Cameron Park Life

Cancer survivor hosts sunny fundraiser

By From page D1 | July 28, 2011

SUNNY DISPOSITION —€” Nancy Siegler can't help but smile whe she visits her sunflower garden. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

After surviving a breast cancer diagnosis, mastectomy and infection Nancy Siegler needed a project.

In the spring of 2010 she settled on sunflowers, a cheerful plant that always makes her smile.

“I started using the Internet to learn about the sunflower and found so many different species of these wonderful flowers,” Sieger said. “I had no idea they came in various shades of red. I ordered seeds from all over and ended up planting over 300 plants.”

Wanting to share this passion and raise funds for a cause close to her heart, Siegler opened up her garden for the first Power of the Sunflower Breast Cancer Awareness event last summer.

“The morning of the event found me to be very nervous. Who would come? What if no one comes?” Nancy said. “Then, there they were, car after car with people who came to see the garden. It was unbelievable.”

Encouraged by the response, Siegler’s once again inviting guests to her garden, which has grown to more than 400 plants and 49 different species.

“This event is not just about the sunflowers, and it is not just an ordinary garden,” Siegler said. “This is a special place for people with cancer, in remission or those who know cancer patients who have not survived cancer. Here you will feel good and find peace and beauty from something called a sunflower.”

The Power of the Sunflower Breast Cancer Awareness event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 13, 14, 20 & 21 at Siegler’s garden, 3340 Lariat Drive in Cameron Park (gate code #PINK).

Cost is $5 per person; kids get in free. All proceeds will go to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research.

For more information e-mail [email protected].

Noel Stack

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