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FORMER FIRST LADY ROSALYNN CARTER TO COMMEMORATE BETTY FORD’S 96TH BIRTHDAY IN GRAND RAPIDS

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For Immediate Release                                      CONTACT:    Tyler Lecceadone

616-776-3511

lecceadone@seyferthpr.com

FORMER FIRST LADY ROSALYNN CARTER TO COMMEMORATE BETTY FORD’S 96TH BIRTHDAY IN GRAND RAPIDS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – March 6, 2014 – The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will host former first lady Rosalynn Carter as she visits Grand Rapids on April 8 to participate in a luncheon program, America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship, commemorating former first lady Betty Ford’s 96th birthday. Following the luncheon, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum will host a panel discussion titled Betty Ford’s Legacy in Women’s Health, which is sponsored by Spectrum Health.

“The Ford family is pleased that first lady Rosalynn Carter has chosen to visit Grand Rapids to commemorate our mother’s 96th birthday,” said Steve Ford, son of Gerald and Betty Ford. “The luncheon program will allow individuals to learn about the close, personal friendship Mom and Mrs. Carter formed over the years, and the panel discussion will focus on Mom’s public and courageous battle with breast cancer.”

Mr. Ford will lead the conversation with Mrs. Carter during the luncheon program, which will begin at noon in the JW Marriott’s International Ballroom. The cost to attend the luncheon is $35.

Beginning at 2 p.m., a free panel discussion will be held in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum auditorium. The discussion will give insights into Betty Ford’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and how it changed the conversation about women’s health. The panel will also discuss the advancements in breast cancer treatment since that time. Panelists will include:

·         Dr. Judy Smith, oncology department chief, Spectrum Health

·         Dr. Thomas Getz, medical director, Spectrum Health Betty Ford Breast Care Services

·         Gleaves Whitney, director, Grand Valley State University Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

Individuals interested in attending America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship can purchase tickets to the luncheon and/or to register for the panel discussions by contacting the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation at 616-254-0396 or online at www.geraldrfordfoundation.org.

Mission Statement:

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation fosters increased awareness of the life, career, values, and legacy of America’s 38th President.  It does so through activities designed to promote the high ideals of integrity, honesty, and candor that defined President Ford’s extraordinary career of public service. The Foundation promotes the ideas, values, commitment to public service and historical legacy of President Gerald R. Ford and further promotes greater civic engagement and recognition of integrity wherever it exists in the public arena.  It supports permanent and changing exhibits designed to promote historical literacy; conferences; educational outreach and other programs, both scholarly and popular, including at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. 

 

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