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Rosalynn Carter chronicles relationship with Betty Ford

March 6, 2014
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Rosalynn Carter chronicles relationship with Betty Ford
Rosalynn Carter. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

The 96th birthday of Betty Ford will be commemorated by the woman who followed her as first lady.

Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, will be in Grand Rapids next month to participate in a lunch program commemorating Ford’s birthday: America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship.

Steve Ford, the youngest son of President Gerald Ford, will lead a conversation with Carter during the program.

The event is at noon, April 8, at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

The program will allow people to “learn about the close, personal friendship Mom and Mrs. Carter formed over the years,” Steve Ford said.

Tickets to the luncheon are $35 and can be purchased online.

Women’s health panel

At 2 p.m. later that day, a free panel discussion on Betty Ford’s experience with breast cancer and the impact it had on women’s health will be hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

The discussion will be led by a three-person panel: Dr. Judy Smith, oncology department chief at Spectrum Health; Dr. Thomas Getz, medical director of Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services; and Gleaves Whitney, director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. 

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