Cystic Fibrosis Foundation chapter hosts luncheon


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter held the chapter’s sixth annual “65 Roses” Ladies Luncheon at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa on April 10. This year’s event merged “the creative forces of art and fashion at an outdoor Chelsea-style gallery showing.” The event was sponsored by Katherine Cosmetics and included an afternoon of shopping, art, fashion and champagne.

“65 Roses” is what some children with cystic fibrosis call their disease because the words are much easier for them to pronounce. The phrase was coined in 1965 when Mary G. Weiss, a CFF volunteer made it her mission to help her three young sons who had been diagnosed with the disease. After countless telephone calls, her 4-year-old son, who did not know he had cystic fibrosis said, “I know what you are working for… you are working for 65 Roses.” Since then “65 Roses” has been used by kids of all ages and has become a registered trademark for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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