65 Roses Project

Most of the paintings on this page are for sale for $65, and all of the proceeds go towards the Oregon Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  If you see something you want to purchase but you’re out of the Beaverton area I can ship to you (It’s an additional $6 to cover the shipping.) If you’re local you can stop in the shop Wed-Sun and talk with Doug.


Mary Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1965 after learning that her three little boys had cystic fibrosis. Mary’s duty was to call various organizations seeking financial support for cystic fibrosis research. Mary’s 4-year old son, Richard, listened closely to his mother as she made each call. 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 posed the question, “What am I working for, Richard?” “You are working for 65 Roses,” he answered so sweetly. Mary was speechless. She went over to him and tenderly pressed his body to hers. He could not see the tears running down Mary’s cheeks as she stammered, “Yes Richard, I’m working for 65 Roses.”

Since then, the term “65 Roses” has been used by children of all ages to describe their disease because it is easier for them to say. The rose, appropriately the ancient symbol of love, has become a symbol of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

2 thoughts on “65 Roses Project

  1. I stumbled on a news article about your project on Facebook. I just wanted to thank you for what you are doing! I have a 2 year old niece and 4 year old nephew who both have Cystic Fibrosis. It’s not something many people have heard of or really give much thought to. But because of people like you and your colleagues, I am confident we will find a cure and they will have the chance to love long healthy lives!!

    Thank you!!

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