Spencer Watson

Cancer Researchers Swimming for Cancer Research

Fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity
raised of £5,000 target
by 71 supporters
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Event: The Maillot d’Or Lake Geneva Relay Swim 2022, from 13 August 2022 to 14 August 2022
Participants: Spencer Watson, Roeltje Maas, Rui Santalla Mendez, Benoit Duc
We are moving further, faster to help everyone affected by a brain tumour


We're a team of cancer researchers living and working in Lausanne Switzerland. Over the last few years, a lot of amazing people have done a lot of amazing things to help raise money for our work to find new treatments for brains cancers. Last year, Sir John Royden set out to swim the entire length of Lake Geneva to raise over £300,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. And Todd Hooper and his team rowed across the whole Atlantic ocean to raise £180,000 for The Brian Cross Memorial Trust, which donated the entirety to our research. We've devoted our careers to improving the lives of cancer patients, but we couldn't do our research without incredible efforts like these. So we want to do our part to help our partners in the fight against cancer.

We're taking part in the first ever Maillot d'Or Lake Geneva relay race where teams of racers will swim the entire length Lake Geneva.  That's 73km over 48 hours.  Our goal is to represent the local research community, to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity, and to hopefully not drown! You can take part in supporting us by giving generously to this great charity. We're going to need all the help and motivation we can get, because like our name says, cancer researchers are bad swimmers.

Here is our full team!

Spencer Watson

Roeltje Maas

Rui Santalla Mendez

Victor de Gautard

Benoit Duc

Giulia Zappacosta

Bruno Morbidoni

You can follow our progress here and on Twitter at @DrSpencerWatson, @RoeltjeMaas, @RuiSantalla, @BenoitDuc2

Update! We'd like to give a huge thanks to Lunaphore, an amazing biotech company based here in Lausanne that is helping us raise money for this event!  Special thanks to Alexandra Svoboda and her team for organizing!

About the charity

The Brain Tumour Charity is the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally. Committed to saving and improving lives, we’re moving further and faster to help every single person affected by a brain tumour. A cure really can’t wait

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