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Casting For Recovery

Rating: 4.9 stars   40 reviews 1,648

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health, Health, Cancer

Address:

3738 Main Street PO Box 1123 Manchester VT 05254 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

Since our founding in 1998, we have conducted more than 500 retreats serving close to 7,000 women across the nation. We currently offer 40 annual retreats in 35 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.

Target demographics:

Any woman who has received a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

More than 600 breast cancer survivors at our retreats and many more through alumnae activities and events.

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.

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1-802-362-9181
http://www.castingforrecovery.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

5 people found this review helpful

My wife recently had the opportunity to go to one of CFR's retreats! And I'll tell you it was the second best thing that happened to her this year! The birth of a granddaughter took first place! This group does a fantastic job of enriching the lives of many ladies and their families. I haven't seen her this positive in a lonnnggg time. We now go fishing together and the lady has skills. ;) It is a great hobby/sport to learn and CFR does a FANTASTIC job of teaching and sharing. She has stage IV BC and it is terminal but, she enjoyed life a bit more this year, thanks to CFR. No price can be put on that.

 
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Amazing charity that effortlessly relieves some of the unspoken anxiety associated with breast cancer - in the context of a new skill!

 
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I attended the 2013 Casting for Recovery Retreat in Fl. I think I can speak for all the participants when I say it was wonderful from start to finish! It is so much more than learning to fly fish. The support of fellow breast cancer survivors and the staff is uplifting!
Learning to cast and tie flies and the educational information was great! We made new friends sharing delicious meals! The half day spent fly fishing on the St Johns river was inspiring experience!! All this provided by dedicated volunteers and at no cost to the participants!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I was lucky enough to be selected for a retreat in Idaho. It was an amazing time that I was able to break out of my "cancer routine" and just have fun. I have always lived to fish and getting to experience fly fishing for the first time wa awesome! The volunteers took great care of us and I make friends that will last a lifetime.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I attended Casting for Recovery Colorado's retreat on May 2012. By the end of dinner the first night, I knew that I would become a volunteer. I was not at the retreat to fish, but to meet other breast cancer survivors and for the support, while staying at a beautiful location. However, I became a fly fisher woman, and it has totally changed my life. I fish every weekend now, and my husband (also a beginner and CfR volunteer) has learned along with me. He was my caregiver during my cancer treatment days, and is the best fishing partner ever. THANK YOU to Casting for Recovery for instilling hope, beauty, confidence, and love.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I was privileged and truly lucky to have been selected to be able to participate in this summer's Casting for Recovery workshop in VT. The total experience was much much more rewarding than I could have ever expected. The organizers and volunteers were totally welcoming, engaging, had great senses of humor, knew their stuff and were invitational without being pushy at all. What a terrific way for women ( and there were only women in my group) all differing ages and backgrounds, in different stage of recovery, to get together and learn something new, fun, beautiful--- something that takes one into nature and away from one's normal , often health centered routine. To be with others with you can or ca not talk-- to have TIME to do, be , eat healthily and learn a new skill, to be outside, to be non-competitive-- to simply begin to learn and enjoy. Not to mention--no cooking, cleaning -- no NORMAL responsibilities.The only responsibility was to make this watch you will. I LOVED every moment. I found myself relaxing into learning, to laughing, to deeply listening to others, to watching others spirits shift. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of the whole experience. The organizers were particularly careful in their teaming of roommates---as no one knew one another. The entry into getting to know one another was easy, fun and then... the the walking through learning about the fish, the streams, the insects and... then our equipment. Each level brought us more and more into the fishing experience. The practices of casting and one and one assistance. The support and focus of our teachers and then... a magical time of one of one guidance on the river with professional guides. I loved this. And as I looked around at the intensity and the smiles of the participants I KNEW this experience had deeply touched all of us.( As and aside as we walked up from the stream a rainbow appeared --not a rainbow trout) I found CfR to have had a profound effect on me and was so moved by how truly helpful, healing and opening this experience was, I wanted to make sure others would be able to go in the future- so I organized a little fund raising fly fishing workshop- to both share the joy and magic of FLY-FISHING-- and also to raise a little money to assist another group walking through the path of caner recovery-- to have this remarkable and magical experience.
OH yes, I plan to continue to fish!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Casting for Recovery Colorado is a nonprofit who has surpassed all others. I can not express how grateful I am for the retreat I attended. Not only was the retreat VERY organized and running smoothly, but all of the people who were creating the experience were welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable. I felt at ease, heard, and comforted immediately upon arrival. The volunteers are very giving and caring.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Casting for Recovery was the best experiences I have had in my life and my cancer journey. Everyone was so helpful and caring and we never lacked laughter! We shared stories of our journey, life and it's struggles and our personal hopes and dreams. I grew up fishing but never had the opportunity to learn fly fishing. Fishing took your troubles away, gave you confidence, made you do something physical and gave you memories to take home and build on.

Each and everyone of the volunteers were there for you. You never lacked for a person to help you tie a knot, land a fish, cast correctly, have a laugh with or a good old fashioned cry.

I felt the "medical and mental" staff were outstanding. I have had breast cancer twice and didn't realize I was still holding unto emotions about. What a relief to release these. Hats off to MaryAnn and Beth. I could go on and on about the volunteers starting with Peggy but space limits me. Each person touched my life in a positive life. I can't say enough about our guides. Nate was mine and we laughed and slipped on the moss covered rocks and never did fall in. Thank goodness! What a great teacher hewas.

The ranch and staff made me feel like a Fly Fishing Princess. No request was too small or large. The cabins were tasteful and comfortable, the food was so YUMMY and I never wanted to leave LOL

THANKS Casting for Recovery for a weekend of memories meant for a life time.\
Ann Marie Herbert

 
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2 people found this review helpful

What a weekend! This organization provides an amazing experience to breast cancer survivors. I not only experienced a camaraderie with other survivors, but learned a new skill. Fly fishing is zen... a beautiful escape from the stress of life and an opportunity to get back to nature. This was a very healing experience for our entire group. I pray that this organization continues its service for years to come.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

When my sister received her breast cancer diagnosis it had a profound effect on me. I cared for her through her treatments, surgeries and recuperation. I found out about Casting for Recovery from a fellow angler and have been volunteering in different capacities since 2011.

By volunteering with Casting for Recovery I am gifted with the experience of welcoming breast cancer survivors at the beginning of a retreat and watching the transformation that occurs during and at the end of the retreat. Our participants enjoy a stress free weekend filled with education, healing and fellowship. They walk away with a lasting new lease on life. Lifelong friendships are established and many alumni say they are able to draw on the positive experience given to them by Casting for Recovery for many years after their retreat.

I am happy to say that my sister celebrated six years of being cancer free in August. Yep, we went on a fly fishing trip to celebrate!

 
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