A sold-out crowd of more than 120 people attended the Good Shepherd Medical Center Victorian Tea, "Treasures of the Heart" Saturday at the Medical Center.

The tables were set with flowers, porcelain teapots and an array of scones, petite fours, cheeses and salads prepared by the Good Shepherd dietary department. Tables were set up around the perimeter of the room with information on women's health issues and also with treasures people brought to share, including porcelain dolls, Teddy bears, figurines and more.

Each person attending received a menu that included recipes and nutritional information on the foods served and a packet of information on women's health awareness issues, including a shower card for self-breast examination, a Colocare occult blood testing kit for colon cancer and more.

The tea is an elegant way for people to learn more about health issues facing women today, said Juli Gregory of the Good Shepherd education department.

John Wyrick of the research department at Washington State University spoke to the group on the regulation of gene therapy and the research leading to drugs and treatment in breast and other cancers.

Michelle Chinn, RN, MSN, clinical director of Inland Cardiology Associates gave a presentation on women and heart disease and ways of increasing the odds against the disease, which is a largely preventable disease, she said. She has a passion for cardiac patients.

"One in 27 women will die of breast cancer," Chinn said. "One in two women will die of cardiovascular disease. It strikes women of any age, but odds increase as you get older. I have job security every time I see people smoking."

Chinn offered ways to decrease the chances of heart disease including walking daily, decreasing body mass index, dieting and to stop smoking.

Story beads were also a part of the program for the tea. Bead necklaces were displayed on the tables. The smallest bead represents the average size lump found by regular repeat mammograms, the largest bead the average size lump found in women untrained in self-breast examinations.

It is the hope of the ACS that the necklace will be a reminder of the importance of mammography and self-examination.

The tea was sponsored by Good Shepherd Health Foundation, Good Shepherd Health Care System, Soroptimist International Greater Hermiston Area, American Cancer Society and the 3-Bs Breast Cancer Support Group.

Colin Charles Hemphill, a 1999 Pendleton High School graduate, will receive a bachelor of science degree in general agriculture at Washington State University's Saturday commencement services.

Hemphill, the son of Chuck and Dinah Hemphill of Pilot Rock, will be employed at R.D. Offutt of Boardman after graduation.

Alison Renee Megehee Carlson graduated from Utah Valley University April 25 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, summa cum laude.

Carlson is a 1998 graduate of Pendleton High School. She and her husband, Jeff, will move to Iowa where he will attend medical school and she will teach elementary school.

She is the daughter of Dr. Mike and Jill Megehee of Pendleton and the granddaughter of Valeta Megehee of Edmonds, Okla., and of Sanford and Renee Bishop of Pendleton.

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