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|BETTY FORD for FIRST LADY in '76
Black and white photograph of Betty Ford, bordered by white text printed on a red background.
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First Lady Elizabeth (Betty) Ford was married to President Gerald Ford who took over the White House after President Nixon resigned. Gerald Ford served as president from 1974 to 1977, when he lost re-election to Jimmy Carter. Betty Ford was a breast cancer survivor and one of the first First Ladies to allow her medical condition to be open to the public. She is credited with raising awareness of the disease and donating thousands to the American Cancer Society.
Most of all, Betty Ford is remembered for her efforts to treat drug and alcohol addiction with the founding of the Betty Ford Center. Ford suffered from both alcohol and prescription drug addiction after she left the White House and, while receiving treatment, she was made aware of the need for women-centered rehabilitation centers. The Betty Ford Center opened in 1982 and Mrs. Ford served as Chairman of the Board until 2005.