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Casting for Recovery

Rating: 4.83 stars   65 reviews 2,076


3738 Main Street PO Box 1123 Manchester VT 05254 USA


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 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:



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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Reviews for Casting for Recovery

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

It was hands down the best experience in my cancer journey. Not only were the CfR team professional, caring, sharing and amazing, but it was great to spend time with fellow participants. I left the experience with new friends. How amazing is it to show up with only your toothbrush and everything else is handled? Fantastic. I'm so grateful.

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I was invited to a fall retreat in Central Oregon. The accommodations were beautiful, relaxing and worry free. I spent money on gas for the trip there, nothing else. That alone is incredible. I enjoyed a group of wonderful, generous caring folks who give breast cancer survivors beautiful weekend retreats. I was infused with hope for my future. That can only happen if honest authentic people participate. Keep up the good work.

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Casting for Recovery was the best program I have been to yet. So glad that I was able to be a participant. I would recommend it to any women that have gone through the Cancer Journey to give them hope and inspiration. I figured out that my room mate and I have met before. So my new little line after the realization is: "Be nice to everyone. You never know who might be your room mate in life at some point". She was awesome.

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Just a wonderful retreat! Fresh air, wild life, new friends and something meaningful for which to be involved: Fly Fishing!

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Rating: 2 stars  

I'm happy this was free. I went to the retreat in connecticut. The team of women was alot older than I thought they'd be. They seemed really unorganized. the fishing part was good and the location was good...a little heavy on the God part. the fishing instructors were nice and we did have fun fishing. the saturday night part was really bad. one person got mostly all of the time to talk and it really was bad. I'm sure others liked it, but i left not feeling any better...but maybe your not supposed to.

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Wonderful experience! Great location, lovely people

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This wonderful organization has changed my life forever! I met some of the most incredible and giving people and comrades that I will cherish forever. They all encouraged me out from my shell and we all made some lifelong friends besides learn to fly fish. Guides were incredible! The owners @ North Fork Ranch were wonderful and truly grateful.

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Having cancer changes your life in a big way. Breast cancer, and especially those who choose to not have reconstruction (or cannot), causes a woman to take a hard look at themselves and determine who they are. As a baby boomer, my breasts defined me as a woman. When my surgeon said that both breasts would need to go, I had to quickly take a hard look at who I really was. Did my breasts define me as a woman? So if I lost them, was I still a woman? Oh so many questions and who could I talk to? Casting for Recovery is an organization that meets that need. A small group of women get together for one oh so wonderful weekend, hash out all the junk and in it's place learn how to relax and fly fish. How can you be full of anger and frustration and sadness when you are out in the water and it's just you and the fish? Great conversations arise when the focus is no longer on the disease. Great leaders are there to help us stay on the course. " Work through it. Watch how the fish take advantage of the opportunities that arise to find their favorite insect meal. Look how they work so hard to go up the stream. Can we do that as women?" Can I face adversity and come out on the other side? "Keep your eye on the prize. Stay focused. Breathe."
Casting for Recovery helps women do just that. I cannot sing their praises enough. $1,300 sends one woman to a weekend that just might give her the hope she needs to keep going. Fish on!

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Amazing organization!!! I was blessed to be a part of one of their retreats!!

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I've been volunteering for CFR for six years. It is so rewarding to see the benefits to the women that attend the retreats. I think I get just as much if not more out or every retreat. The National staff is so helpful with everything. It is truly an amazing organization.

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