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President and Mrs. Ford Play Football in the Hospital

October 04, 1974
Source: National Archives

President Gerald Ford throws a football with First Lady Betty Ford in the halls of the Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1974. In the early days of Ford’s presidency, the First Lady was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Her decision to discuss her breast cancer with the public impressed the nation and won her the respect of millions.

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