LEARN "Can You Say Cystic Fibrosis?"
65 Roses is what children with cystic fibrosis (CF) are taught to call their disease. Try it, "65 Roses, 65 Roses, Cystic Fibrosis." Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation in 1965 after learning the her 3 little boys had CF. Her duty was to call civic clubs, social and service organizations seeking financial support for CF research (much as we do today.) Mary's 4 year-old son Ricky, listen closely
After several calls, Ricky came into the room and announced,' I know what you are looking for." Ricky wasn't aware that he had CF, and his mother was alarmed. Mary asked him," What am I working for Ricky?" He answered," You're looking for 65 Roses..." Tears ran down her face, and she was speechless. Since 1965 the term "65 Roses" has been used by children of all ages to describe their disease.