A Citizenship Question in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A Citizenship Question in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Betty Ford was married to the 38th President
of the United States, Gerald Ford. She was First Lady of the United States from
1974 to 1977. Betty Ford was known for her openness, honesty,
and social activism. She publicly supported the Equal Rights Amendment
and gun control. She talked about her own addiction to alcohol
and drugs and her fight to regain sobriety. She started a rehab clinic where thousands
of people go to recover from alcoholism & drug abuse. Weeks after she became First Lady, Betty Ford
underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer. She decided to talk openly about her illness
because many Americans were too ashamed to talk about breast cancer or even go to the
doctor for an check up. She told Time Magazine, “When other women have this same operation,
it doesn’t make any headlines. But the fact that I was the wife of the President
put it in headlines and brought before the public this particular experience I was going through. It made a lot of women realize that it could
happen to them. I’m sure I’ve saved at least one person — maybe
more.” Betty Ford’s openness about her Breast Cancer
diagnosis and treatment led to changes in health care for women and greater funding
for Breast Cancer research. Many public and private groups have continued
the work of Betty Ford by hosting health care events and raising money to stop Breast Cancer,
especially during the month of October, which is now known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Question: What are two ways that Americans
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