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Ford, Actor and Son of President, to Speak at Cancer Symposium

Steve Ford News Release

TROY - Steve Ford, actor and son of President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, will be the featured speaker at the annual Bill and Ruth McGraw Cancer Awareness Symposium on Oct. 24 at the Crystal Room in Troy.

The program is free and will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the speaker at 6 p.m.  Preregistration is required with seating limited to the first 300 callers.

Ford will speak on the topic, “Facing Breast Cancer: The ‘First Family’ Speaks Out.”

Ford was a teenager when his father became president following the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974. He left Washington at age 18 to head West to pursue a dream of becoming a cowboy on cattle ranches.  He had 10 secret service agents in tow as he hit the ranch before embarking on an acting career.

Ford has appeared in more than 30 movies, had guest roles on numerous TV shows and acted for six years on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

As a motivational speaker, Ford has talked with students across the country, urging them to empower themselves against harmful influences. He shares with students’ habits he formed during his school days that led to alcohol addiction and shares tools and strategies that helped him to get his life back on track.

His mother, Betty Ford, was known for raising breast cancer awareness with public discussion following a mastectomy and raising addiction awareness in disclosing her personal battle with alcoholism. Her candor in the early 1970s regarding her battle with breast cancer was instrumental in removing the stigma associated with the disease.

For more information on the symposium and to register, call the UVMC Foundation office at (937) 440-7541 before noon Oct. 22.

The symposium is sponsored by The UVMC Foundation and the UVMC Cancer Care Center.  It is made possible by a grant from the McGraw Family Fund of The Troy Foundation and a grant from the UVMC Foundation. 

The symposium was named in honor of Troy residents Bill and Ruth McGraw, parents of Bill McGraw, Karen McGraw and Chris Grilliot. Between them, Bill and Ruth McGraw had cancer five times, but neither died from the disease.

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