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    WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

    To spread awareness in a unique and personal way. We want to empower, motivate, and inspire one another in hopes of breaking the predetermined statistics that doctors, medicine, and society have set upon us. We can be the cure and prove all of them wrong. 

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    WHAT DOES SIXTY FIVE MEAN?

    When I was a child I had difficulty pronouncing cystic fibrosis as most children would. So the doctors told me to say I have "Sixty Five Roses" instead. The “Sixty five roses” story dates back to 1965 when a young boy misunderstood cystic fibrosis for sixty five roses. Still sticking around today sixty five roses is often used by young children to pronounce their disease.
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    HOW WE GOT HERE.

    My name is Taylor Stroop. And my whole life I have never openly told anyone that I had cystic fibrosis. I was diagnosed when I was 5 months old and by the grace of God I made it that far. I had a normal childhood after that besides the yearly routine "tune-ups", daily breathing treatments, oral meds, etc. etc.
    Fearing the thought of being viewed differently, being ashamed, pitied upon, or being told that "I couldn't." I kept my illness to myself. Going through the chapters of my illness alone and battling the struggles, thoughts, and trials that come with cystic fibrosis I began to realize the significant in going through that journey with on another. Again, by the grace of God I came out of that journey with mind and body still intact and I felt drawn to share my story in hope to help others succeed in theirs.
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    I then started a new chapter in my life, opening up to strangers. Every since that chapter opened opportunities have presented themselves one by one as they seemed to be orchestrated due to perfect timing. Opportunities in hope of bringing people together to share each others journey and help guide each other to the other side.
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    I begin searching ways I could share my story. I started an Instagram dedicated to sharing my everyday life with cystic fibrosis. By doing so another opportunity arose, to be apart of an awesome YouTube channel  that brought six adults living with cystic fibrosis together to share our stories, struggles, and knowledge with the cystic fibrosis community.
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    I then began searching for everyday ways of spreading awareness. I began searching for awareness apparel and found a handful of designs that seemed to more or less the same. And to be honest I was looking for something different. Something people would look at say "Hey, cool shirt. What does that mean?". With my degree in design I saw an opportunity to design apparel inspired by the ones who battle the disease on quality shirts with quality design. Design that provoked thought and gave pride to whoever wore it in hopes of spreading awareness, inspiration, hope, and support to our cause.  
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    I want to make CF apparel, everyday apparel.
    And that is how Sixty Five Apparel was born.
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    Follow our exciting everyday journey battling and raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis while traveling the United States. Meet The Stroops
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    And for the sake of the people who have asked for this, here it is. I would much rather you support us through buying and wearing our apparel but for those who would rather donate, it is greatly appreciated. You will allow us to continue our journey in fighting for a cure by spreading awareness and making CF apparel, everyday apparel. We could be one person away from a cure! Thank you sincerely.
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