June 2015

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Summer is just around the corner and it's a perfect time to enjoy the great oudoors in aid  of esca   There are lots of exciting things going on over the next few months,  including cycling, golf, football and of course,  the fantastic dragon boat festival. 
Find details about these and many other events along with information about how to get involved as a participant or as a much needed volunteer.

Remember that  all this information and much more is available on our website

Monday 1 June
La Médiane Brunch

Wednesday 3 June
Discussion and information evening
19:30 at YWCA

Sunday 7 June
Football Charity Day
Stade de Geneve

Thursday 11 June
Book Sale
WCC Foyer
11:00 - 14:00

Monday 15 June
La Médiane Brunch

Friday 26 June
Bosom Pals Coffee
10:00 - 1200

Sunday 28 June
Golf Tournament 
Divonne Golf Club
Bike the Lake

Firstly, we would like to remind you about an event happening this weekend.    On Sunday a group of brave men and women are going to cycle the 180 km around lake Geneva to raise funds for

Feel inspired by this amazing effort?  Visit the
esca website where you will find details of the ride, including the various pit stops and how to join in, donate or cheer them on!

Discussion and information evening

Date: Wednesday 3 June
Time: 19:30
Venue: YWCA

Dr Gregory Wirth, member of the HUG's multi-disciplinary prostate cancer centre, will describe "uniting forces to treat prostate cancer", a team approach to treating its patients.  Learn how specialists in the field join their expertise with the latest technology to deliver the highest quality care from diagnosis, through treatment.   The multi-disciplinary approach makes individualised care for each patient possible.   The centre is the first of its kind in Switzerland.

Football Charity Day

Date: Sunday 7 June
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: Stade de Geneve

Intersoccer has organised a  football charity event with all proceeds going to esca.  This will be a fun day at a fantastic location.  Please come along and support this fabulous initiative.

Calling all bakers to supply items for what will surely be a very popular cake stand.   Any donations, sweet and savoury or even beverages, will be very much appreciated and help us to make this an enjoyable day for the children and hopefully a succesful day for the esca kitty!   Please contact for further information and donations.  Thank you!
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Book Sale

There will be an esca second-hand book sale in the foyer of the WCC on Thursday 11 June from 11:00 - 14:00.  Please come to browse and buy.   Donations of new books would be very welcome, but not large table-top books please as we do not have the place to store them.   Hope to see you there.  

Bosom Pals Coffee

These informal , supportive get togethers,  take  place on the last friday of every month from 10:00 - 12:00
at the
Drop-In Centre.

 Mark your diaries for the next two coffee mornings

Friday 29 May
Friday 26 June

Exciting opportunity for All Bosom Pals
We are recruiting for the Bosom Pals Paddlers boat for the DragonBoatfestival on September 6th. Join the team of spunky, sublime, spectacular, stupendous, strong women who have been through the breast cancer experience. No paddling experience necessary, just a sense of adventure, and some guts – and we know you’ve got that.
If you are interested, please get in touch with Annabel Pulcrano, by email  
or telephone  +41 (0) 21 807 1404 / + 41 (0) 79 462 8654
Golf Tournament 

Date: Sunday 28 June
Time: From 12:00
Venue: Divonne Golf Club

It's time to swing your clubs for esca.   Sign up for this friendly Stableford Competition, kindly and expertly organised by Barry Metcalfe.  A fabulous golf course, an assortment of great prizes and that marvellous feeling of raising money for charity whilst playing 18 holes.   What more could a golfer ask for?!
Paddle for Cancer 2015!
DON'T MISS OUT!  Sign up your mixed team for one of the last few slots.  Ladies, there is only 1 remaining slot for an all female team so act now if you want to take part in this fabulous day! contact for any further information.
Ahoy Dragonboat Festival Volunteers!

The search is on for volunteers to help out at PADDLEforCANCER this year.  The festival will be held at L’Abbaye on Sunday, 6 September.  We need about 100 volunteers so be sure to let Nicola know if you (or a loved one or friend!) can lend a hand!

Library News   
The first book being added to the collection this month links in with the subject of the esca talk on 3 June on prostate cancer:
What men won’t talk about and women need to know: a woman’s perspective on prostate cancer by Glenda Standeven  2 p  STA (books on prostate cancer)
This slim down-to-earth  book  which can be read in just a few hours, gives useful background information for men and women.  It would be particularly useful as a starting point of communication on issues of intimacy after surgery . 
Yoga for cancer: a guide to managing side effects, boosting immunity and improving recovery for cancer survivors  by Tari Prinster  5 PRI (self help)
For those faced with a cancer diagnosis and the journey of doctor-led surgery and treatment, yoga offers a way to regain control of your body and take an active part in your recovery and long-term health.   This manual  explores how yoga can be used to the strengthen the immune system, avoid and manage lymphedema, rebuild bone density and reduce pain.  It emphasises the benefits of breathing exercises  for  physical and psychological  wellbeing. The traditional poses are adapted for all levels of ability and cancer challenges. 
(Another book on yoga can be found in the library in the section  on breast cancer as it specifically addresses breast cancer patients  by R.N Kollak called Yoga and breast cancer 2b KOL)
Irene Bertrand and Sandra Oakley  ESCA librarians
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 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 

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 En espérant vous accueillir à cette occasion, nous vous adressons, nos meilleures salutations.

 Votre Ligue Genevoise contre le cancer.
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Xterra Triathlon Volunteers Needed
The Xterra Triathlon at the Lac de Joux is looking for volunteers to help.   We get a lot of help from the Lac de Joux for Paddle for Cancer   and it would be really nice if we could get some volunteers from esca to help with their event.  It is an official Xterra event so there are some top athletes competing.  The dates are the 27 and 28 June.  Click here to sign up online. 


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.

*Newsletter policy
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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