The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, founded in 1955, is the world’s leader in the search for a cure, funding promising research and working to provide access to quality, specialized care and treatments for people with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infection and limits the ability to breathe over time. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, thanks to the foundation, many CF sufferers can live into their 30s, 40s, and beyond. Nearly every CF drug on the market today was made possible because of the Foundation’s support.

In 1957, Phyllis Kossof, a DPhiE whose daughter was born with CF, turned to her sisters for support. Since then, Delta Phi Epsilon has raised over 1 million dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

About the 65 Roses Gala:

Last year our chapter had our 2nd annual 65 Roses Gala in which we raised over $2,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and brought more awareness of the foundation to MIT. (If you say 65 Roses just right, it sounds like Cystic Fibrosis). The Gala featured performances from several MIT student groups including the Chorallaries, the Logarhythms, and Syncopasian. Speakers at the event included an MIT student with Cystic Fibrosis. This black-tie occasion has become our largest annual philanthropy event.