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It’s the middle of winter and all Doris Hanna really wants to see is flowers when she looks out her window. You’d think this would be impossible, but Hanna’s kids and community have banded together to make sure this wish blooms.

You see, 73-year-old Hanna, from Upper Onslow, N.S., has been battling lung cancer and one day, while looking out her living room window, she mentioned to her daughters Sabine Pace and Michelle Thrower, that flowers would be lovely to look at.

“My sister said come hell or high water she would try to make that happen,” Pace told CTV Atlantic.

And so, Thrower got to “planting.” She grabbed a can of spray paint and some plastic snow buds and spread them out on the snowy lawn, and soon other flowers started miraculously showing up.

Friends and neighbours from near and far have been quietly dropping off flowers at the family’s doorstep, on the front lawn and even in Facebook posts. It’s all a little overwhelming for Thrower.

“I just did it to make mum happy; just to see her smile,” she said teary-eyed. “It’s very heartwarming.”

Hanna hasn’t been well enough to get up to see the flowers, but her daughters hope she’ll get to see them very soon.

“She’s always said you get what you put out there and this is certainly an example of that,” Pace said.