In the past couple of years, my band and I have had the opportunity to help with a few benefits for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Last year while singing at one of their events, I couldn’t help but notice that every time we played at one of the functions, there were always a number of roses throughout the room. I asked my friend, and supporter of the foundation, Tom Wertz, what the roses represented. He explained that 65 Roses actually stood for “Cystic Fibrosis” and later sent me
the true story about the meaning of the roses.
This story moved me to begin writing a song about Cystic Fibrosis. So, while I was in Nashville, I shared Mary and Richard’s story with my friend, Troy Powers, who was also moved and wanted to help me finish the song. I was happy with what we wrote but I really couldn't put my finger on why I had such a desire to record it. At the time, I wasn't working on a new album, I really didn't have the money to go in the studio and I had no plans for the song after it was recorded. But, I just let my heart lead me and ended up in San Antonio at the Cherry Ridge Studio. We recorded the song, and it turned out great. I am now hoping the song we wrote, Sixty Five Roses, can help raise a little money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Therefore, ALL money/donations made from the sale of the Sixty Five Roses MP3 located on my website will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I will track the amount of money raised and report it on this site. So please check back in and thank you in advance for your contribution.
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.