These are letters from Governors and First Ladies from Across America who have participated in the Four-o'clock Flowers Around the World Free Cancer Project.
Proclmations from Governors 1
Proclamations from Governors 2
T.C. Gutierrez, Governor, Territory of Guam
My wife, son, daughters
and I would like to tell you how much your letter meant to us. As you may be aware,our island is a very family oriented society, so the unique way you
decided to honor your father really touched our hearts.
Unfortunately, we did not
receive your letter in time to prepare the proclamation and return it to you
and your mother by July 17. But, my family and I held a ceremony in remembrance
of your father and all the other cancer victims in our house on that date.
We have not planted the
seeds yet, because our Government House is being renovated right now, but my
wife will plant them as soon as the repairs are completed and a special flower
pot is built. We have already alerted the media and they are willing to cover
the story as another way of focusing attention on this devastating disease.
I assure you that we will send pictures and articles as soon as we can.
Lowry, Governor, State of Washington
Thank you for your letter,
the wonderful tribute to your father, and for the seeds. At a time when so many
people are jaded and distant from relatives and friends, it is encouraging and
uplifting to find a son who not only loves, but freely expresses his love and
appreciation of his parents.
Part of the seeds have been
given to Val Gerst, a member of my staff, and an avid gardener. The rest have
been given to the head gardener responsible for the State Capitol Campus. We
have a beautiful campus here and believe the four-o’clocks will be a wonderful
Thank you again for writing
and sharing your love and your story with us. Yours is one of those stories
that renews our faith in human condition and reminds us that there is much love
and goodness in this world. My personal best to you and your mother.
Governor State of Colorado
was very touched by your letter and your love for your father and your dedication
to his memory. With your efforts, there will be many four-o’clocks blooming
throughout this country as a tribute to Jim Donahoe.
I have had your seeds planted
in the gardens of the Governor’s Mansion here in Denver. The Mansion is located
at 400 E. Eighth Avenue, near the Capitol and downtown Denver. I hope that will
be an appropriate Colorado memorial to your father.
Mrs. Roemer and I send out
best wishes to you and to your mother.
Waihee, First Lady, State of Alaska
My husband, Governor John
Waihee, and I were touched by your letter describing your tribute for your late
father. I can think of no more appropriate way for you to demonstrate your ongoing
appreciation of his memory than the way you have chosen; by planting flowers around the nation, you ensure that his legacy will live on.
I am delighted that these beautiful four-’clock plants are now growing in our Island home. We will be
very proud to add them to the garden at Washington Palace, the historic residence
of Hawaii’s governors.
It is also good to know
that these memorial blooms will be growing in Kula, Maui, as well. On behalf
of everyone there, as well as our family here at Washington Palace, I wish you
our warmest aloha.
Allen, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
Thank you for your letter
concerning the tribute you have arranged for your father. Your dedication to
his memory is admirable, and I applaud you for the work you have done to honor
his fighting spirit by making four-o’clock plants a national symbol for cancer
Susan and I are pleased
to be able to aid you in your efforts. My wife has planted the seeds you sent
on the grounds of the Executive Mansion where they will stand as a tribute to
all those Americans whose lives have been cut short by cancer. It is out hope
that in the months and years ahead your valuable efforts will help all Americans
to resolve to find a cure for this tragic killer.
Nelson, Governor, State of Nebraska
I was pleased to receive
your request. The tribute you have organized in memory of your father and all
others who have died from cancer is a wonderful gesture. I commend you on this
outstanding project; your thoughtfulness is remarkable.. I want to than you
for including Diane and I in this touching tribute; we are happy to be of assistance
I will proclaim July 17,
1994 as “Four-o’clocks Across America Day” in Nebraska, and I will ask all Nebraska
citizens to take due recognition thereof.
Governor, State of Texas
I am sorry to hear about
the loss of your father, Jim Donahoe, and I want to express my deepest condolences
on his death. Your campaign to share your father’s love of four-o’clock plants
with the rest of the nation by having them planted in every state is touching,
and I can think of no more fitting tribute to a man who touched your life so
As you requested, the four-o’clock
seeds that you included with your letter will be planted on the grounds of the
Texas State Capitol Building. The people of Texas express great admiration and
support for all who have struggled with cancer and lost. I know that, like other
cancer victims, your father’s fight to conquer this tragic disease was courageous.
I also know that, like other cancer victims’ families, the Donahoe family shared
every triumph and setback with Jim throughout his battle. The plants and flowers
that grow from them will serve as a constant reminder of your father’s brave
bout with cancer.
N. Glendening, Governor, State of Maryland
Thank you for your recent
letter and copies of the articles outlining your efforts. Participating in your fathers tribute was a pleasure and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part
of “Four-o’clocks Across America.”
Your dedication to your
fathers memory is a wonderful recognition of the relationship you and your father
shared. The relationship between a father and a son is very important. Your “Four-o’clocks Across America” program not only promotes the American Cancer
Society, but also stresses the importance of family ties to all who are touched
by your endeavors.
Once again, thank you for
the kind words and the update on your efforts. Please accept my best wishes
for continued success.
S. king, Jr., Governor, State of Maine
Thank you for writing to
e about your “Four-o’clocks Across America” tribute to your father, Jim. Losing
family and friends to cancer is a difficult ordeal. However, I cannot think
of a better way in which to pay your respects to your father and to all Americans
who have passed away due to cancer than with the
gift of life.
gift of life which the planting of your father’s seeds represent will remind
everyone in Augusta, Maine and across the country the importance of finding a cure for cancer as soon as possible.
Thank you for including
me in your seed drive and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor to bring
a cure for cancer. May Jim Donahoe never be forgotten.
Governor, State of Alabama
Thank you so much for writing
to Marsha and me regarding the project you have initiated in memory of your
late father. I am very sorry to hear of your loss, and I convey my deepest sympathy
to you and your family.
I share your concern for
recognition of those whose lives are affected by cancer. Marsha, in fact, has
agreed to serve on a breast cancer awareness committee with the governor’s spouses
from across the nation. The efforts of these individuals should encourage everyone
to learn more about this devastating illness.
In memory of your father,
Marsha and I have planted the four o’clock seeds at the Governor’s Mansion in
Montgomery. When we see these bloom, we will remember your touching tribute
to your father and to all those who suffer the effects of cancer.
Racicot, Governor, State of Montana
I received your thoughtful
and generous gift of four-o’clock flower seeds. I will personally see that they are planted. I lost my father to cancer several years ago, so I find your tribute
to your dad especially touching. I would
like to pass on my warmest regards for your project to honor those Americans
affected by cancer.
If you ever come to Montana
we would love to have stop in and see your dad’s four-o’clocks in bloom.
Again, than you for the
important work you are doing in the fight against cancer. God bless.
Bayh, First Lady, State of Indiana
Than you for inviting Evan
and me to participate in the nationwide tribute to your father, Jim Donahoe.
We are pleased to participate in this tribute by planting the four-o’clocks
at the Indiana Governor’s Residence.
We appreciate your efforts
on behalf of all Americans affected by cancer. Best wishes to you and your family.
Jones Schafer, First Lady, State of North Dakota
Thank you for your letter
explaining the tribute to your father. We would be very happy to plant the four-o’clock
seeds that you sent, here at the Governor’s Residence. The Residence has many
beautiful flower beds, and I feel that the plants would be a very appropriate
addition to our gardens.
I would like to express
my condolences on the loss of your father to cancer. I lost my first husband
to cancer, so I understand the deep sense of loss that you are experiencing.
It is through tributes such as you have started for your father that his spirit
will live on. I am delighted to see that the Postmasters in Fargo and Bismark have also agreed to participate. Any recognition that is brought to the public’s
attention of those who suffer from or have lost a loved one to cancer is helpful.
Thank you, Kevin, for contacting
us to participate in the tribute to your father. I am sure that he would be
very proud of what you have done in his memory. I will think of you and your
family when the four-o’clocks are in full bloom.
G. Thompson, Governor, State of Wisconsin
you for your letter regarding the tribute for your father. I appreciate the
time you took to write and am pleased you wish the State of Wisconsin to participate.
I am pleased to report the
four-o’clock seeds were planted at the Executive Residence on July 17 in memory
of your father. Many visitors enjoy touring the Executive Residence and its
gardens throughout the summer. I am confident the four-o’clock plants will be
a wonderful addition to the grounds.
Again, thank you for writing
and best wishes.
R. McKernan, Jr. , Governor, State of Maine
J. Snowe, First Lady, State of Maine and Member of Congress
Thank you for the touching
letter about your father, and how he appreciated the beauty of the four-o’clock
plant. The tribute that you are giving him and others who have suffered from
cancer is wonderful.
We will have the four-o’clock
seeds that you sent in memory of your father planted in our flower garden here
at the Blaine House for everyone to enjoy.
We wish to convey our heartfelt
condolences to you and your family. We hope you and your family will find comfort
in the many and fond memories you have of your father, and that this will help
ease the pain of your loss.
Miller, Governor, State of Georgia
Because your father loved
this particular kind of flower, your tribute is most fitting, and I am glad
that your mother is able to share in this loving gesture.
T. Schafer, Governor, State of North Dakota
Thank you for sending the
seeds for four-o’clock plants to the North Dakota Governor’s Residence. The
will be planted at the Residence, and I am sure they will bloom beautifully
in tribute to your father and many other unfortunate victims of cancer.
Nancy and I send our blessing
to you and your family. Best of luck as you continue this beautiful tribute
to your father and all cancer victims.
Governor, State of Illinois
Than you for your letter.
I appreciate your concern and your interest in this tribute to your dad. I have
asked the Executive Mansion staff to plant the four-o’clock seeds.
Hickel, First Lady, State of Alaska
What a fitting tribute to
your father- I’m sure your mother will be quite touched when she hears of your
efforts on July 17 , your dad’s birthday. So many of us have lost loved ones
to cancer, and planting a special flower, such as the four-o’clock, is a fine
and comforting remembrance.
Our Governor’s House gardener
will be planting the seeds in our beautiful gardens this week, and I look forward
to their maturity.
Do give your mother my best
wishes on July 17. I hope to remember your father, as well as many other cancer
victims, when the four-o’clocks bloom next year in the Governor’s House gardens. God bless.
Finney, Governor, State of Kansas
Thank you for your letter
of recent date. I would be pleased to plant the four-o’clock plants in memory
of your father, Jim Donahoe, on the Statehouse Grounds in Topeka, Kansas. With
Dean, M.D., Governor, State of Vermont
It is my pleasure to participate
in the tribute you have planned for your father. I will proclaim July 17 as “Four-o’clocks Across America Day” in Vermont. I am pleased your dad’s four-o’clock
seeds are growing in Burlington and Montpelier.
Hunt, First Lady, State of North Carolina
you for the beautiful letter about your father and his love for four-o’clock
plants. I will be honored to plant his seeds on the grounds of the Executive
Mansion as a tribute to him. They will be a wonderful addition to the gardens.
Please send our best to
your mother-- she is very lucky to have such a wonderful son. Governor Hunt
and I will be thinking of you and your family on July 17.
B. Hunt, Jr., Governor, State of North Carolina
I know you have received
a letter from Mrs. Hunt about the four-o’clocks that will be planted at the
Executive Mansion. It sounds like the flowers will be a beautiful tribute to
your father all over the nation.
I am enclosing copies of
proclamations issued over the last year in North Carolina intended to raise
awareness of our citizens about cancer. We are losing many fine folks, but the
research institutions in our state are working hard towards finding a cure.
You and your mother will
be in my thoughts on July 17. My best personal regards.
Merrill, Governor, State of New Hampshire
Thank you for the letter
and four-o’clock seeds you sent me.
I am sorry to hear of your
father’s lost battle to cancer. My wife, Heather, has been extremely active
in promoting cancer awareness across the State of New Hampshire. Please be assured
that we will proclaim July 17 as “Four-o’clocks Across America Day.” I assure
you, your seeds will be planted at the Governor’s Residence and the State House
so we may all enjoy their beauty and also pause and reflect upon the many lives
touched by this dreadful disease.
Engler, Governor, State of Michigan
I was pleased to learn of
your efforts to honor the memory of your father by planting four-o’clocks across
the nation and, at the same time, raise public awareness and commitment to the
goal of curing cancer.
You certainly have my commitment
to do whatever I can in Michigan to prevent and eliminate the misery and loss
of lives due to cancer.
P. Weicker, Jr., Governor, State of Connecticut
Thank you for your letter
and the four-o’clock seeds. I appreciate your sharing the seeds with me and
would like to assure you they will be planted in Connecticut.
First Lady, State of Mississippi
I am so pleased to plant
the four-o’clock seeds on the Mansion grounds as a tribute to a special man
in your life, your dad, Jim Donahoe. It is my hope too that a cure for cancer
will be found and out friends and family will no longer suffer and die from
this ravaging disease.
Chiles, First Lady, State of Florida
you so much for your recent letter explaining the tribute you have organized
for your father, Jim Donahoe. I am happy to accept the four-o’clock seeds on
behalf of the State of Florida, to be planted on the grounds of the Governor’s
Mansion. We are honored to participate in this tribute and will be very pleased
to share your father’s gift of these lovely plants with all of our visitors
to the Mansion.