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Betty Ford, July 8Former First Lady Betty Ford, 93, died July 8. Married to Former President Gerald Ford, she served as first lady from 1974 to 1977. A former alcohol and prescription drug addict, she later founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which treats patients with drug and alcohol addictions.  
- PHOTO: BOB PEARSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
She also brought Breast Cancer Awareness to the Fore.  She had a big impact on the public psyche as far as seeking preventive care for women.  That was in addition to exposing prescription drug addiction as a huge and previously undiscussed problem in the country.

 

Betty Ford, July 8
Former First Lady Betty Ford, 93, died July 8. Married to Former President Gerald Ford, she served as first lady from 1974 to 1977. A former alcohol and prescription drug addict, she later founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which treats patients with drug and alcohol addictions.  

- PHOTO: BOB PEARSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

She also brought Breast Cancer Awareness to the Fore.  She had a big impact on the public psyche as far as seeking preventive care for women.  That was in addition to exposing prescription drug addiction as a huge and previously undiscussed problem in the country.