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Former First Lady, Mrs. Laura W. Bush, will reflect on her life and speak about her New York Times #1 best selling memoir, Spoken From the Heart at the 9th annual Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Center Luncheon on November 12, 2010, at 11:45 a.m. at The Peabody Hotel. Tickets are $100 per person for general seating. Tables of 10 are available for general, preferred, and prime seating. To reserve your seat, call 901-516-0500 or purchase tickets online at www.methodisthealth.org/cancerluncheon. Proceeds from this year’s luncheon will benefit the Methodist Cancer Center.
Born in Midland, Texas, Mrs. Bush studied education and taught in public schools before meeting and marrying George Walker Bush in 1977. From there, she went on to become the First Lady of Texas when her husband was elected Governor, then First Lady of the United States when her husband was elected President. Throughout her time in the public spotlight, Mrs. Bush was actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care and human rights.
A former teacher and librarian, Mrs. Bush is a strong proponent of education. In 2001, she convened a Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development, providing a forum for prominent scholars and educators to share research on the best ways for parents and caregivers to prepare children for lifelong learning. In 2006, she hosted leaders from around the world for the White House Conference on Advancing Global Literacy, showcasing successful, culturally aware literacy programs from a diverse group of countries. Her leadership of this effort led to her current role as Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade.
Mrs. Bush has also worked ardently to support human rights. In 2001, she delivered the weekly presidential address to call attention to the suffering of women and children under the Taliban. In 2005, she made an historic trip to Afghanistan and witnessed firsthand the progress achieved by the Afghan people after the fall of the Taliban regime. While there, she met with President Hamid Karzai and expressed America's continued support for Afghanistan's new democracy, which ensured equal rights for women and men.
An advocate for women’s health, Mrs. Bush has been an active participant in campaigns to raise awareness of breast cancer and heart disease, both in the U.S. and around the world. She has traveled to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Panama to help launch international partnerships for breast cancer awareness and research in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.