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Aug 11, 2011 3:31 PM by Matt Stafford

Betty Ford will grants $500K to namesake rehab

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Betty Ford Center says the former first lady in her final days authorized a $400,000 donation to the rehab center that bears her names and has changed the lives of thousands of people.

Officials at the center say Betty Ford approved the donation in mid-June, three weeks before her death on July 8. The rehab based in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is also slated to receive another $100,000 from a foundation former president Gerald Ford and his wife founded a decade ago.

The $500,000 donation was announced Wednesday.

Betty Ford co-founded the center that bears her name and has treated stars and non-celebrities alike since 1982. For years, she personally greeted patients, and the center says last year she granted the facility the rights to use her name forever.

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