What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.
In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.
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What is 65 Roses? What Does It Have to Do With CF?
The phrase “65 roses” is simply another way of saying cystic fibrosis. It came into being in 1965 when a young boy with cystic fibrosis overheard his mother talking about the disease on the phone. When she said the words “cystic fibrosis”, he thought she said “65 roses”. The mother was touched by her son’s mistake because he saw something beautiful in a disease that can often be quite ugly.
The phrase is now a registered trademark of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which adopted the rose as its symbol.
Read about the 65 Roses story here at CFF.ORG