Each year, May is designated as the international awareness month for Cystic Fibrosis. This year its biggest event, 65 Roses Day, will be held in Melbourne on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of May.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threatening genetic disorder in Australia, with one in every 2,500 births producing a child with CF. Around one million Australians are carriers of the CF gene. Cystic fibrosis causes an abnormal build up of sticky mucous within the lungs, airways, and digestive system of a person with CF. This causes impairment in the digestive and pancreatic functions, and recurrent lung infections that lead to irreversible damage.