November  2015

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Don't forget that tomorrow, Friday,  is the Extra Special Bosom Pals coffee, no need to sign up just come along, details below.

Also, why not wrap up warm, in something pink of course,  and head along to Pink Night,  It's all happening this Saturday evening at Servette Hockey club. 

And to wrap up the weekend,  on Sunday,  why not visit the ESCA stand at the Lausanne International Fair with Art and Excellence.  It's free to enter! Full details can be found here.

Finally, remember that further details and much more information about all of ESCA's activities can  be found on our website  at
Dates to Remember

Friday 30 October
Extra Special Bosom Pals Coffee
10:00 - 12:000
Drop in Centre

Saturday 31 October
Pink Hockey Night!
Servette Hockey Club

Sunday 1 November
Leman Fair
11:00 - 17:00
Beaulieu, Lausanne

Friday 27 November
Bosom Pals Coffee
10:00 - 12:00
Drop in Centre

Wednesday 2 December
Christmas Social
From 19:30
YWCA, Grand Saconnex

Mark your diaries for the extra special
Bosom Pals Coffee this friday!

There will be a special presentation of lingerie by Emily Hollender of Almatila.  Emily has many wonderfully feminine and practical products including a range especially for Breast Cancer Patients.  Read on or click here to go to her website to learn more.

Friday 30 October
10:00 - 12:00
Drop in Centre

A few words from Emily Hollender

During my studies in HEC Montréal Canada, I worked for a lingerie store where I was given special training and gained valuable experience in large size items/large size lingerie. 

Once I returned home to Switzerland, I wanted to keep working in this field and I was looking for a project that could reflect my values and that would make sense to me as my mother had had breast cancer. And I am thrilled that I now have this chance. 

I then went through extra training with Amoena and Anita in order to be able to advise women who had undergone a lumpectomy or a total mastectomy and who were wishing to find perfectly fitting and fashionable lingerie. I have a private boutique in Geneva or I come to people's home or go to hospitals.

Emily Hollender

Pink Night at Servette Hockey Club 

Saturday 31 October
Doors open 18:15
Match starts 19:45

ESCA will be supporting the 10th edition of this fun event.  Come and join us and support your local ice hockey team while raising funds for breast cancer awareness and research.   Full details here
Ligue Genevoise Contre le Cancer
For those of you who understand French, the Ligue genevoise contre le cancer holds some very interesting brunch/lectures at L'Espace Médiane, their Drop In Centre at 11, rue Leschot 1205 Genève.  Please note that these are free of charge but it is necessary to register in advance.  Full details can be found on their website by clicking here.
Library News
The two new books being added to the ESCA collection this month are both about young people diagnosed with cancer. However, they are totally different in approach, style and outcome...
Daniel, my son: a father’s powerful account of his son’s cancer journey  by David Thomas  9 THO  (life journeys) 
Amazing story of how far a father would go to help his son who has terminal cancer in his late teens leaving no medical stone unturned and travelling all over Europe and to the USA to discuss with the best specialists  possible new ideas for his son’s treatment.   He was also determined that Daniel (a Classics student at Oxford) made the most his last years taking him to events and places he loved, despite  his heavy and difficult treatments. A moving story.
Crazy sexy cancer tips by Kris Carr  5 CAR  (Self help)
This book is made up of various chapters by the different members of a group of young feisty American female cancer survivors. Personal stories and tips on all aspects of  fighting cancer told in a chatty style and an upbeat manner with humour and a positive outlook.
Irene Bertrand and Sandra Oakley  ESCA librarians 
ESCA members have been particularly busy over the last couple of months.  Here are a few reports from some of our recent activities.  

2015 Paddle for Cancer Fundraising Results are in!

Fundraising results from the 2015 Paddle for Cancer are almost in and they are phenomenal!  We still cannot believe how generous and supportive everyone  has been.  Whilst we are still awaiting several invoices and payments before we can give an overall total, we can at least give a final total for the Fundraisers CHALLENGE.  We all know that Capt Craig Sparrow and his Trafigura teams took home the precious Corporate CHALLENGE Cup for the 2nd year in a row by raising just over CHF 76K.  With generous Trafigura corporate matching, that total came to over CHF 152K!!!  In our Open category, we had quite a battle going.  In the end, it was first-time paddlers, Sisters in Sync, who took home the  Open CHALLENGE Cup by raising an amazing CHF 9,788!

We had many other teams who worked hard and raised significant funds for ESCA, including:  first-timers, Capital Group with CHF 11,603, followed closely by Carefusion/BD with CHF 10,512. For the Open teams, Cougars & Co with CHF 5,640 and our own Bosom Pals Paddlers with CHF 4,582!  To see all of the teams who fundraised, go to our Fundraising Page.

The grand total for the Fundraisers CHALLENGE was….drum roll……… just over CHF 219K!!!!! These funds are specifically allocated to our Support Services and our Outreach Efforts.  Our support services are vital at ESCA. It is what we are all about!  We offer individual peer support by trained volunteers, 1:1 professional counselling, support groups, courses and much more. 

We hope to have a final overall figure soon but already we are overwhelmed and touched by the response of our supporters!

A huge thanks to everyone who fundraised, participated or helped at the 2015 Paddle for Cancer!  We look forward to next year which will be, believe it or not, our 10th FESTIVAL!   Mark your calendars:  Sunday 4 September 2016.

Paddles Up

Patsy Allen

On Saturday 9 October, HUG's Centre du Sein hosted an event for ladies undergoing treatment for breast (and ovarian) cancer.  The idea was to show them some of the resources available to help them through this difficult period. There were a number of professionals present, who were able to provide advice on how to use make up, wigs and scarves, prosthetics, special lingerie etc. There were also masseurs, physiotherapists, sports trainers who provided therapy and classes.
ESCA member, Hannah Amiry, was invited to hold a stand to show women how to tie headscarves, which would always lead into more general conversations about coping with cancer. Many women attended, both young and old, newly diagnosed patients and those who have been living with cancer for many years. There was a very upbeat and positive vibe, encouraging women to feel empowered and confident, though there was also space and quiet to discuss more emotional topics.
The local paper came to see us and published the following article, including an excerpt from an interview which Hannah gave.  Click here to read the full article.

This is a photo of the stand complete with wigs, hats, headscarves and ESCA brochures.  There were also jewellery items,  scarves and toys which were sold in aid of breast cancer.
Note from the WTO concert

At the recent WTO concert ,which took place on 13 October, there were presentations from the Ligues genevoise and vaudoise contre le cancer as well as ESCA.   Followed by a very generous collection of which  ESCA 's share amounted to a fantastic CHF1590.  Many thanks to everyone involved.



ESCA Drop-In Centre  is on the 3rd floor of the Lac wing in the Ecumenical Centre, 150 Route de Ferney in Grand-Saconnex. We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.00-14.00.
Please feel free to drop in during those hours to borrow books from our lending library, to read some of the pamphlets there or just to have a coffee and a chat with the volunteer on duty.
Click here for directions to the drop-in centre.

*Parking at the drop-in centre

If you have a parking permit please place it prominently behind your windscreen, and park in white spaces only.  If you forgot or do not have a parking permit, please use the yellow visitor spaces and register your  vehicle at reception.  Be sure to note your parking place number and your license plate number.

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ESCA wishes to make it clear that our newsletter is for information about ESCA activities and is not available for advertising by  complementary therapists or others.  We  encourage patients to consult their doctors before undertaking any therapies mentioned or discussed at any ESCA event. 
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