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Patsy Allen, Daniel Avigdor, Nicola Bowers, Raynelle Arcaini

ESCA CancerSupport (ESCA CS) is taking up residence at the Château du Grand-Saconnex on 4 February, as they mark their 20th anniversary. The new premises will enable ESCA CS to better support those who have been affected by cancer, and their loved ones, in Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France.

“After 20 years of serving the Lake Geneva area, we had out-grown our premises. This new center will enhance our ability to offer our full range of services in a serene, warm and secure environment,” said Nicola Bowers, co-Director of ESCA CS. "We believe that in our new home, we can continue to expand our CancerSupport network, providing help that is free of charge and accessible to everyone.”

Back in 2000, a small group of 4 volunteers calling themselves the English-speaking Cancer Support Group, has grown into the professional and comprehensive support association now. These 20 years has seen great progress in the field of cancer research and the support this association gives is invaluable. Emotional support, practical help and physical well-being activities will now available under one roof, free of charge and in English — accessible to everyone. Some of the activities offered are counseling, group and peer support, fitness, yoga and art therapy.

Each year 35,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Switzerland, approximately 2,500 of whom reside in and around Geneva. An estimated 320,000 people are living with cancer in Switzerland. That number is predicted to double by 2030.

Upcoming events are:

  • March for CancerSupport on Thursday, 26 March 2020, when the Jet d’Eau is illuminated in our CancerSupport colors.
  • One of their signature events to raise money and awareness during the Dragon Boat Festival on the Lac de Joux. This will take place on 6 September and is entitled ESCA Paddle for CancerSupport Festival.
  • ESCAthlon 2020 will take place on Sunday, 3rd May, will have a run, a hike, and a fantastic navigation quest.
  • Harmony Half 2020 will be in May as well. You can support Rob, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, through the site to raise money for the association.
  • You can create your own fundraiser by contact through the website.


About ESCA CancerSupport
ESCA CancerSupport is a not-for-profit association made up of professional counsellors and trained volunteers who understand the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Since 2000, ESCA CS has been the only association of its kind to respond to the needs of the international community in the Lake Geneva region. It provides emotional support, practical help and physical well-being activities free of charge, and in English, to cancer patients, caregivers, and families living in Geneva, Vaud, and neighboring France.

Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, ESCA CancerSupport can continue providing free emotional support and practical help, in English, to those affected by cancer in Geneva and surrounding areas.

World Cancer Day
The official opening takes place on Tuesday, 4 February 2020, to coincide with World Cancer Day.

Esca address

ESCA CancerSupport Centre
Château du Grand-Saconnex (ground floor)
Chemin Auguste-Vilbert 14
1218 Le Grand-Saconnex
Center: 022 723 20 08
Support Line: 022 723 22 31