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Former First Lady enchants audience at Methodist luncheon

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By Ursula Madden - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former First Lady Laura Bush dazzled a Mid-South audience Friday as the as the keynote speaker for the annual Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center Luncheon.

In front of a crowd of more than 1,100 people, Bush enchanted supporters of the Methodist Cancer Center.

Bush told the audience about how she dealt with cancer in her own family, after both her mother and grandmother were diagnosed with, and beat, breast cancer.

"Because of that I've always been aware of breast cancer, and because I have a family history of it, I might have a risk for it myself," she said. "It's just important for women to take charge of their health and make sure you get regular screenings."

Another passion for the former First Lady is making sure women know how to prevent heart disease - something she has been involved with throughout her tenure at the White House.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, and a of women don't know that heart disease is preventable," she said.

The former First Lady has been spending more time in the spotlight lately. After leaving the White House nearly two years ago, she recently released a memoir, 'Spoken From The Heart.'

In the book, Bush shares her thoughts on the most turbulent time of President George W. Bush's time in office: September 11, 2001.

"Every single day that we lived at the White House, and every day since, we think about September 11th, and about the terror attack on our country, and hope and pray that we won't have another one," she said.

Next week, Bush will attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Bush Presidential Library and Institute at Southern Methodist University.  It's the First Lady's Alma Mater, and an event she's looking forward to.

"A lot of people that worked in George's administration will be coming in from around the country, and that will be a lot of fun," she said.

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