My name is Stephanie. My son, Noah, is 7 years old and has a chronic life-threatening disease called Cystic Fibrosis. This disease affects his lungs and digestive systems. Throughout the month of March, Grassroots a Salon, will be selling rose pin-ups and candy bars to help raise money towards the Great Strides campaign. This will help fund the research for new therapies and hopefully a cure someday. Your support is so greatly needed. Please make a donation by buying a rose pin-up or go online to Great Strides and click to donate.
I keep hope in my heart that someday they will find a cure and save the lives of all the people living with Cystic Fibrosis, including my son. Please donate today. Thank You!
Here is the story behind the rose pin-ups:
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.
The Weiss brothers, Richard, 5; Arthur, 7 and
Anthony, 16 months.
After 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.