GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Rosalynn Carter visited Grand Rapids Tuesday to honor the 96th anniversary of the birth of fellow former first lady Betty Ford.
The wife of the late President Gerald Ford died in 2011.
Tuesday, Carter participated in a luncheon discussion about friendship among America’s first ladies. She discussed her close friendship with Betty Ford, saying the pair had a similar interest in shining light on health issues that had been taboo, like substance abuse and mental health problems.
It was one of two events planned for Tuesday at a Grand Rapids hotel and the Ford Presidential Museum. There was also is a panel discussion at the museum later in the day about the impact of Betty Ford’s breast cancer diagnosis on women’s health in the 1970s.
Gerald Ford died in 2006. He represented Grand Rapids in Congress before becoming vice president and president.