HUMBOLDT- A park, dedicated to those who have had their lives torn apart by cancer, was a 10-year dream of Jan Wilhelm, who lost her step-son to the disease. She wanted to do something that would bring some healing to others like herself.
The heart-shaped flower beds, mill with streams, pergola, fountains and statues that Jan envisioned for a cancer garden were on hold for 10-years. This all changed one cold winter morning.
Wilhelm: “It was a January morning I was in bed and someone told me “Jan, get up. Spring is going to be here in 3 months and if you don’t start today the cancer garden isn’t going to happen. So I called my friend and we started the Humboldt Garden Club, talked to the city council, and talked to many people.
“They wanted to see a picture and it just bloomed and bloomed. We have had wonderful community support. People were donating funds, and money came in we didn’t have one penny to our name and now we have this beautiful huge garden a year and a half later. Lots of support from everybody. Black Hills Energy was great. They just gave us money to purchase the bridge”
Brandy Johnson, community affairs manager for Black Hills Energy, spoke about the company’s latest donation to the project.
Johnson: “We think it is really important to be committed to our communities and we really like to give back. We had a team member who was working in the area for us, Terry Peterson, bring this garden to our attention. And we thought it was a really great story of a community coming together and we are proud to be a part of it. “
It was this type of support, Jan’s passion, hard work of a community, and God’s divine intervention that made this oasis possible.
WILHELM: “It would never have happened but God was behind us the whole time. So I just thank him and hope we have a cure.”