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Cystic Fibrosis
The 65 Roses story

Mary Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (USA) in 1955 after learning that her three little boys had Cystic Fibrosis.

Her duty was to call every civic club, social and service organisation seeking financial support for CF research. Mary’s four year old son Richard listened closely to his mother as she made each call. After several calls Richard came into the room and told his Mum “I know what you are working for”. Mary was dumbstruck because Richard did not know what she was doing, nor did he know that he had Cystic Fibrosis. With some trepidation Mary posed the question back to Richard.

“What am I working for Richard?”. “You are working for 65 Roses” he answered so sweetly. Mary was speechless. She went over to him and tenderly pressed his tiny body to hers. He could not see the tears running down Mary’s cheeks as she stammered “Yes Richard I’m working for 65 Roses”.

This legend has been popularised by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (USA), but making it easier to say doesn’t make Cystic Fibrosis any easier to live with. The “65 Roses” story has captured the hearts and imaginations of all who have heard it. The rose, appropriately the ancient symbol of love, has become a symbol of the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.