Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter comes to celebrate Former First Lady Betty Ford's birthday next month in Grand Rapids.  Ford would have been 96.  She and Mrs. Carter formed a "close, personal friendship", according to the President Ford's son Steve. 

The event is hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation which will present a free panel discussion in the Presidential Museum auditorium which it says will give insights into Betty Ford’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and how it changed the conversation about women’s health. 

Spectrum Health's oncology department chief, Dr. Judy Smith, will also discuss the advancements in breast cancer treatment since that time.

Before that event, the luncheon program America's First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship will be presented at the JW Marriott’s International Ballroom. The cost to attend the luncheon is $35.

Information and tickets may be had from the Foundation at 616-254-0396 or online.