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Shining Star Volunteers at the Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance Resource Center

Our dedicated Volunteers at the Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance, ESCA, Resource Center are caring individuals that bring years of experience to our office.

After 28 years working alongside a local general surgeon, Patricia Anderson, R.N. came to ESCA Resource Center to help with our office procedures.  Along with performing office procedures, Patricia has been able to continue with client teaching. Offering our clients informative literature on their type of cancer and resource information.  Patricia’s understanding and knowledge of cancer has been an asset to her volunteering with ESCA.

Patricia has been a Bishop resident for forty-five years. This year, Patricia and her husband, Lloyd Anderson, will be celebrating their fifty third year wedding anniversary .They raised two children and have four grandchildren.  Throughout her nursing career, Patricia’s family values and community relationships were evident as she was the facilitator for the cancer support group of the Owens Valley and a member of, Hospice of the Owens Valley Advisory Board for several years.

She has continued to share her knowledge with our Clients.  Patricia understands that education plays an integral part in helping our clients.   She has been helpful in ordering current medical publications for our Center, and keeping our bookshelves stocked with American Cancer Society and Cure Magazines.   As an experienced Facilitator, she has been a mentor for our volunteers that lead the cancer support sessions.

Patricia Anderson, is a retired Registered Nurse who brings an abundance of knowledge and compassion to our Clients and we are very pleased she is with us!  Patricia is an outstanding volunteer!

In 2011, Sherry Nostrant came to ESCA and actively participated as our Board Secretary for seven years.  Sherry at that time worked for Northern Inyo Hospital District in Diagnostic Imaging. Sherry’s forty years of professional training and education in the field of Diagnostic Imaging prompted her to get involved with ESCA.  Her knowledge and experience in this field involved breast imaging and cancer detection. We are fortunate to have Sherry as our Board Secretary and also the facilitator for our cancer support sessions. Sherry enjoys the interaction that takes place during a cancer support session, and doing research on new and helpful resource information to share with the group.

Not only does Sherry spend a huge amount of time volunteering with ESCA, Sherry is an amazing creative individual that volunteers with Playhouse395 making costumes for their productions.  She is an artist, who also creates fun things for her grandchildren. Sherry finds joy in spending time with her family, quilt making and trying new recipes for family and friends.

Sherry is a person with many interests and her creative nature is obvious to ESCA.  In 2017, ESCA launched a Sock It to Cancer project.  This project involved the making of gift bags for our families with children having cancer.  In this gift bag, Sherry included a soft toy, such as a sock monkey. These cute, soft cuddly toys will bring comfort to our little clients with cancer.   Her creative style and Sherry’s knowledge in Diagnostic Imaging has been a tremendous asset to our organization. Sherry is an awesome volunteer!

Yolanda “Yole” Hinson volunteers at the Resource Center when needed and also contributes to the support group, sharing her experiences, knowledge and positive attitude with participants.  She has been living in Mono and Inyo County since 1980. Yole always worked in some type of service industry, such as real estate, restaurants and reservations. After retiring from the Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes Postal Service, she found some spare time to share with ESCA.  Yole decided to volunteer with ESCA because of her many family and friends who were touched by cancer. She has been able to share with other client’s meaningful stories, and relevant information during cancer support group sessions. She brings humor and positive energy to the group, and will go the extra mile to assist clients with filling out applications, helping Spanish speaking clients, and provides one on one support when needed.

Sherry Nostrant

Resource Center Volunteers:

Pat Anderson
Yolanda Hinson
Sherry Nostrant

Patricia Ramirez
(honorary board member)
Launa Strickland
Tanya Zaleschuk