Aaron gets cracking for cystic fibrosis

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Aaron and Cameron Giovanazzi.
Camera IconAaron and Cameron Giovanazzi. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Aaron Giovanazzi will be smashing goals and cracking eggs next week for a very good cause.

Today is 65 Roses Day — a campaign aimed at raising money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, that was founded in 1955 by Mary Weiss, whose three sons were born with the genetic disease.

Her four-year-old son Richard would pronounce the disease as “65 roses” and the rose is now a symbol of the disease.

Each May, bunches of long-stemmed roses are sold to raise money.

Aaron will be taking part in the Crack a Cure Challenge next Friday, cracking eggs on his and his teachers’ heads at Australian Christian College, where peers will watch on for a gold coin donation.

He will be taking on the challenge in support of his younger brother Cameron, who has the disease.

Aaron and Cameron Giovanazzi with Australia Christian College teacher Paul Gandini.
Camera IconAaron and Cameron Giovanazzi with Australia Christian College teacher Paul Gandini. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Aaron’s mother Belinda Giovanazzi said she was proud of her sons for getting involved.

“This challenge is a great opportunity to raise awareness. The cystic fibrosis association has done a lot for us as a family,” she said.

“They raise money for research and supply families with equipment, so it’s always great to give back.

“Aaron is really stepping up this year doing the Crack a Cure Challenge, I’m so proud of him.”

“We can’t believe the support he has received already. In only three days he has received $300 already.

“It’s a great, fun event — what kid isn’t going to pay to watch an egg crack on their teacher’s head?”

Aaron said he was hoping to smash his $500 goal.

“I think the cause is very important. It could help people understand more about the disease,” he said. “I can’t wait to smash some eggs over my teachers.”

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system in nearly 4000 children and young adults in Australia.

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