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Phone: 1-802-362-9181
3738 Main Street
PO Box 1123

Vermont 05254
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Target demographics: Any woman who has received a breast cancer diagnosis

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 600 breast cancer survivors at our retreats and many more through alumnae activities and events.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help us spread the word to breast cancer survivors in their area.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Healing retreats that combine breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. CfR retreats offer women respite from the challenges of living with a breast cancer diagnosis, and an opportunity to gain renewed confidence and connect with other women - all at no cost to the participants. Why fly fishing? The casting motion of fly fishing is similar to exercises physicians prescribe for women following surgery or radiation for breast cancer, thus promoting soft tissue stretching.

The mission of Casting for Recovery (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.
Since our founding in 1998, we have conducted more than 500 retreats serving more than 6,500 women across the nation. We currently offer 42 annual retreats in 34 states.

Post-retreat evaluations show that after attending a Casting for Recovery retreat:

100% felt it was a worthwhile experience
99% would recommend the program to others
98% felt connected with other participants
95% gained a new support base with new friends
92% felt better able to cope with their situation
91% felt more aware and accepting of themselves
91% learned something new about living with breast cancer.

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I just happened upon some information for Casting For Recovery online. Fishing was always one of my favorite ways of relaxing, although I had never been fly fishing. So, I began checking out the CFR experience. I was one of the lucky ones to participate in the very first CFR retreats in Missouri... more »
CfR is a "gift". Many of the fourteen women who participate in this week-end retreat return home from diagnosis and treatment to a family routine. Life moves on...but what about all the emotions that many women do not have the time to address or the fear to address them? This to me is the best ... more »
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