What 65 Roses has to do with Cystic Fibrosis

About 65 Roses®


“65 Roses” is what some children with cystic fibrosis (CF) call their disease because the words are much easier for them to pronounce.

Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1965 after learning that her three little boys had CF. Her duty was to call every civic club, social and service organization seeking financial support for CF research. Mary’s 4-year-old son, Richard, listened closely to his mother as she made each call.

weissbrosAfter several calls, Richard came into the room and told his Mom, “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 asked, “What am I working for, Richard?” He answered, “You are working for 65 Roses.” Mary was speechless.

He could not see the tears running down Mary’s cheeks as she stammered, “Yes Richard, I’m working for 65 Roses.”

Since 1965, the term “65 Roses” has been used by children of all ages to describe their disease. But, making it easier to say does not make CF any easier to live with. The “65 Roses” story has captured the hearts and emotions of all who have heard it. The rose, appropriately the ancient symbol of love, has become a symbol of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

65 Roses® is a registered trademark of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

First California Event a Success!

Pictures Below

Lobsters flown in from Maine, two great bands, roses on all the tables, and interesting company!

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Nearly 50 people attended, ate, danced, played games, and had an overall great time.

And thanks to everyone’s efforts in California, almost $4,000 will be added to the foundation’s account for Aimee!

Look for future events like this one in the California area in the near future!

Thank you.

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Upcoming Events!


September Events to raise money for Aimee Driscoll



Rock of Ages Skate @ the Rollodrome

in Auburn

Music from every decade



Prizes for best costume

And much, much more!!

All ages welcome

Look for future posts about exact date and time…coming soon!

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Conjuring Carroll’s Magic Show for Kids

Saturday, September 28th

“Maine magician, Conjuring Carroll’s school enrichment magic programs blends magic, color, fun, comedy, audience involvement, storytelling and much more into a memorable time for your kids.”

You can check out some of the shows Conjuring Carroll puts on for kids at his website here.

Look for future posts about venue location…coming soon!

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                                                 What you will see every month:

An update on Aimee’s Condition

News about our most recent events

A list of upcoming events, some before they’ve been posted. Be the first to know!

What’s Changed since our last newsletter. This could be anything from new committee members to changes to our events

Fundraising efforts: Each month we will keep you comprised of how close we are to our goal and what we might need for our future.

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