May is “65 Roses” month for Cystic Fibrosis.
It is based on a true story of a small boy asking his mother why she was talking about “65 Roses”, after he had overheard her on the phone with a friend.
Since then, 65 has been the theme of Cystic Fibrosis campaigns.
We can all probably remember having the heel prick done on our newborns to check for a number of conditions, including Cystic Fibrosis.
The national 65 Roses fundraising campaign raises awareness and essential funds to extend and improve the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis.
It is a relentless, ongoing and lifelong disease – which at this point, does not have a cure..
What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?
- CF is the most common, genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illness affecting young Australians.
- It affects the lungs and the digestive system, however, it also affects a number of other organs and systems. It is the malfunction of the exocrine system, responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus. Those with CF develop an abnormal amount of thick and sticky mucus within their lungs, airways and the digestive system.
- Lung failure is the major cause of death for someone with CF.
- Complications increase with age.
From birth, someone with CF undergoes constant medical treatments and physiotherapy. People with CF undergo a daily grueling treatment regime to stay healthy.
Here are 3 ways in which we can show our support:
- Centre a challenge around the number 65. You could get sponsored by friends to read 65 books, run 6.5 kms, cycle 65 kms, walk 65 laps, skip for 65 mins or swim 65 laps. The options are endless and fun!
- At your local school, sports club or community group you could sell 65 balloons, 65 cupcakes, 65 slushies, 65 sausage sizzles or 65 cold drinks.
- Buy ’65 Roses’ merchandise from www.65roses.org.au
For more information and ways to support, please visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.au.