WHY 65 ROSES?
The reason Cystic Fibrosis WA (CFWA) use the 65 Roses theme for their national day of awareness started in 1965.
Mary Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis US Foundation in 1965 after learning that her three little boys had cystic fibrosis (CF). She would call social clubs and service organisations to seek financial support for CF research.
Mary’s young son Richard (pictured left) listened closely when she made calls. One day after several calls, Richard told his Mum; “I know what you are working for”. Mary was shocked as the four-year-old Richard did not yet know that he had CF.
Mary asked, “What am I working for Richard?” “You are working for 65 roses” he answered.
“Yes Richard I’m working for 65 Roses”
This true story is the reason why CFWA use the rose in their logo, and the 65 Roses theme during the May, the month of CF awareness.