What is Cystic Fibrosis? What is 65 Roses?

From About Cystic Fibrosis at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website:


Mary Rose

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.

Read More info on the CFF.ORG HERE

roses-decay-wWhat 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


One thought on “What is Cystic Fibrosis? What is 65 Roses?

  1. Mary Rose story made me cried. All this beutiful girld was looking for was “LOVE” and the very person who supposed to give it to her “MOTHER” fail her. With love, anything can be overcome. She had no love, no desire to live. Mary Rose rest in peace for ever and ever. 💕💕

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