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It’s Not About Actual Roses

Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Freestyle

Sandi Parsons
2 min readMay 4, 2022


Sixty-five roses. Better than a bunch.

Rotto thinks roses smell great.

He might be a tad biased. He thinks EVERYTHING smells most excellent. Even the stinkiest things.

But when it comes to roses — bunches of roses — sixty-five is the magic number. Sixty-five roses are a symbol for raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis.

There are many versions explaining the link between Cystic Fibrosis and roses. They all centre around one key point. A young child couldn’t pronounce Cystic Fibrosis and said “sixty-five roses” instead.

May is the national awareness month for Cystic Fibrosis in Australia. Over the years, I’ve participated in many awareness-raising campaigns, from selling raffle tickets and roses to writing — lots of writing!

If you’d like to read 31 Days of Cystic Fibrosis — a series of posts from May last year, you should start here: Your Daughter Has Cystic Fibrosis. I Was a New Mum Dealing With a Seriously Ill Child.

Thanks for reading, Sandi xx

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Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.