May 2015

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Sarah Turney’s paintings as admired by Sophie Jeanmarie, violinist with the Severini Quartet.
Photo taken: Kate Marx

Friday 8 May
esca Information and Discussion Meeting
from 10:00-12:00 in the drop in centre 

Saturday 9 May
Ligue Genevoise cancer walk

Friday 29 May
BP Coffee Morning 
from 10:00-12:00 in the drop in centre

Wednesday June 3
Wednesday Evening Information and Discussion Meeting
 at the YWCA at 19:30
A record number of people attended the esca 15th anniversary concert on Wednesday March 25 at the Lutheran church in Geneva.  The associated art exhibit opened its doors at 18h00 and the crowd took advantage of the time preceding the concert to view the paintings and photographs hung on the spacious well-lit walls, while enjoying drinks and snacks provided by esca volunteers. The musical programme catered for all tastes, from a Grieg quartet to a Ligeti sonata for solo cello to South American tango rhythms and lively klezmer music.  Many thanks to the musicians, who gave so generously of their time and talents: renowned cellist and professor of music Daniel Grosgurin, François Thurneysen, clarinettist, and the Severini string quartet.  Many thanks also to the artists whose colourful work brightened the venue: Sarah Turney (who was also the organiser of these visual treats) Kate Marx, Jenny Buffle, Caroline Blackwell and Matija Potocnik.

Thanks to Margaret Stourton and Leanne Lynch and their team of volunteers for providing such delicious food and drink, to Dorothy Gajsler, for the spectacular birthday cake, Kate Marx for the flowers, Simon Marx for the recording and filming of the event, Annette Grant for serving as liaison with the church and Patsy Morgenstern who initiated and orchestrated ((no pun intended) the whole thing!


Ligue Genevoise cancer walk
esca at the Ligue Genevoise Cancer Walk Saturday, 9 May at Gy
 5 or 10 km walk departing anytime between 8:00-15:00

esca will have a group leaving at 10:00. During the event there will be drink, food, and information stands.
For more information visit:

Wednesday Evening Information and Discussion Meeting
Wednesday June 3 at the YWCA at 19:30
Uniting forces to treat prostate cancer with Dr. Gregory Wirth, Urologue FMH

There will be an
esca second-hand book sale in the foyer of the WCC Thursday 11 June, at this event we will also be selling baked goods.  We would appreciate hearing from any volunteer bakers who would be able to bake cakes or biscuits for us to sell on this occasion. Please come browse and buy.
Place: Lobby of the Ecumencial Center, 11.00-14.00


Paddle for Cancer 2015!

Registration for Paddle for Cancer opened this month and the PfC team have been busy with the registration process and signing up lots of teams!

Still want to sign up your team? It's not too late! We have a couple of slots available still for either Corporate or Open mixed teams. SIGN YOUR TEAM UP NOW!


Please contact Korin Avigdor, Jack Martin or Patsy Morgenstern, if you can help.  
As mentioned last month, we are including three new titles to the section 9 (life journeys etc.) to the collection this time; each one is the personal story of a cancer sufferer, of whom you may have heard, so quite  different lives and written in completely different styles.
Late fragments: everything I want to tell you (about this  magnificent life) by Kate Gross 9 GRO. The author, an English Oxford graduate, worked for two British Prime Ministers and then became the CEO of a charity working in Africa.  Her style reflects her literary education and background.
Until further notice, I am alive by Tom Lubbock. 9 LUB.  A British writer, illustrator and art critic was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008. With his talent for explanation and analysis, his diary guides you through the twists and turns of a terminal condition. It has received excellent reviews.
There’s something I’ve been dying to tell you by Lynda Bellingham 9 BEL . This moving and brave memoir is by an actress, television personality and gifted storyteller. She shares her life since diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn’t planned, with a wonderful sense of humour .
 Irene Bertrand,
esca Librarian
New arrivals

I am pleased to let you know that I have added three new titles to the Library collection of Macmillan booklets: 
- Understanding Anal Cancer
- Heart health and cancer treatment
- Managing the late effects of head and neck cancer treatment

We also have new editions for 16 other titles and further updated editions should be arriving next month.
A very big thank you to Miki Berge for bringing these items back from the UK for us.
Sandra Oakley
esca librarian
News from La Médiane 

 For those of you who understand French, La Médiane (the Ligue’s Drop in Centre) invites you to their upcoming Monday brunches.  Please note that these are free of charge, but you must reserve in advance :

La conférence suivante du 4 mai visera à mieux comprendre la photoprotection, en complément à la journée du mélanome qui aura
lieu à la même période. Elle sera présentée par le Dr. Rastine Mérat, Médecin adjoint de l’Unité d’Oncodermatologie aux HUG.
Celle du 1er juin vous permettra quant à elle de découvrir, grâce au Dr Maricel Marin Kuan, où nous en sommes au sujet des perturbateurs endocriniens et notre santé, tandis que le 15 juin sera dédié à la présentation de l’Association As’trame par Mme Alexandra Spiess, Intervenante psychosociale et Co-responsable de l’association.
Ces moments d’information conviviale vous permettront d’échanger avec les intervenants sur le sujet autour d’un brunch qui vous sera offert à la suite des conférences.
L’un des thèmes vous intéresse ? Alors inscrivez-vous dès maintenant, les places étant limitées :
◦    par téléphone au 022 322 13 33 ou
◦    par email à
N’hésitez pas à en parler autour de vous !
 En espérant vous accueillir à cette occasion, nous vous adressons, nos meilleures salutations.
 Votre Ligue Genevoise contre le cancer
Rue Leschot 11 CH-1205 Genève Tél.: +41 (0)22 322.13.33 Fax: +41 (0)22 322.13.39
Courriel :
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esca’s 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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