Casting for Recovery

Rating: 4.82 stars   22 reviews

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Location: 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 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.
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.
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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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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. This was a weekend I will always treasure. The ladies that I met were simply the best!! Volunteers and participants alike! As a client we were waited on hand and foot. The food was fabulous, the "chat sessions were great and learning to fly fish was super! I couldn't believe that a company, Orvis, was supplying everything we needed - waders, fly rods and reels, all the gear needed to have the complete, wonderful experience. The friendships formed at this event lasted through the years as well. I just can't say enough about CFR. I loved it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 gift of CfR.

The team of volunteers pamper them and allow them to be free to express what they may never have expressed before. They have valuable time as survivors to share experiences, learn ways of handing adversity, and all within the realm of fly-fishing. A river continues on, sometimes slowing, sometimes speeding up, sometimes treacherous but moving on. And this is just what these women do!

CfR is a financially free platform for them to continue to heal themselves emotionally, do something adventurous, step out and leave with a grateful heart ready for their next adventure.

Karen Gebhardt
CfR Texas

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Rating: 5 stars  

CFR provides a unique retreat for women who have had breast cancer, providing them an all expenses paid weekend to spend time with other survivors, to learn a new skill, and to just be in the great outdoors enjoying nature. It seemed an odd combination when I first heard about it, but it works! Women come together as strangers Friday night, and leave tearfully, as good friends Sunday afternoon. They have shared somethings they may never have shared before, discovered they indeed are not alone, and they have laughed and experienced the sheer joy of fly fishing--perhaps using the fly they tied themselves. They have been pampered, and nurtured, and some have found a new passion in fishing. Others never fish again, but still remember fondly the bonds that were formed over this weekend. I have definitely heard it said that the weekend was life changing for some. The volunteers also, are buoyed up by spending time with survivors--strong, brave women who inspire us all.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had been a fly fisher for several years before I heard about Casting for Recovery. I was intrigued how the program was developed by a breast surgeon and fly fishing guide to help breast cancer survivors. After being a river helper the first year, I was fortunate to be selected to be on the weekend team. I was excited to help women explore a new experience in a sport that have given me pleasure.

However, I must say I get as much out of the weekend as the participants. Each year, we have an amazing group of survivors who, in turn, have taught me so much about life. They embrace each day, and take nothing for granted. They are excited to learn something new and experience nature in a new way.

Fishing is just part of the magic of the weekend. The other part is the sisterhood. I see how they connect with one another and share their intimate journeys of cancer, and the relief on their faces when they find those who have experienced what they have and truly understand.

Casting for Recovery is the first organization to use fly fishing a restorative therapy. It obviously works as there are now similar programs for men with cancer and helping disabled veterans.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got involved with Casting For Recovery as a River Helper at their first Texas retreat in Joshua Creek. Texas now has two retreats annually; Joshua Creek and North Texas (Dallas Area). I have now been on the staff for both and LOVE the experience. The participant women are SOOOOOO strong, they inspire me every day!!!!!

I LOVE to fly fish and my mother is a 25+ year breast cancer survivor. CFR was a natural fit for me to volunteer. Texas has a fantastic group of volunteers; both staff and river helpers. Unfortunately, we have so many river helper volunteers, we have to turn some away most retreats.

Susan Gaetz, who got CFR started in Texas, is fantastic! She is now a paid CFR employee and is sometimes unable to make the Texas retreats because of her CFR job duties. We miss her GREATLY when she is unable to make a retreat.

I wish every women with breast cancer could experience a CFR retreat!!!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone all the Texas staff so we could have enough folks to do three retreats a year!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Through serendipity, I became one of the fly fishing instructors at Casting for Recovery Texas' first retreat for breast cancer survivors. Ten years later, the retreat is still a highlight of my year. The response that each retreat's 14 participants give us each year keeps me coming back for more. CFR's participants speak of how they feel pampered, listened to, respected, and led to laugh and revel in the freedom of the river as a fly fisherwoman. They speak of the surprise of deep connection is a short three days. Half way into my journey as a volunteer, my mother became a breast cancer patient and survivor, and a few years after that, a participant at one of our retreats. While I've often fished with my father and brothers, this weekend was the first that I ever fished with my mom, all in the company of extraordinary women. Thank you, CFR!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was searching for an organization where I could volunteer and found Casting for Recovery. As a breast cancer survivor, I felt this was the perfect match; an organization that understands the need to enhance your life after you receive your diagnosis. The fly fishing skills that are taught at a weekend retreat, can be taken away, shelved as a great memory or used to open up a whole new world. The bonds that are formed with other survivors and staff members at a retreat, can be great "medicine" to fall back on when reality takes over.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been honored to work with this organization for the last 7 years. The experience the participants get from this 2 1/2 day retreat is out of this world. I was surprised to hear that many women diagnosed with breast caner have never been to a support group. This retreat is not only about support but about building lasting friendships. Love this organization and the awareness/support it brings!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a breast cancer survivor, my first association with Casting for Recovery was as a participant in 2005 at the inaugural Texas retreat. I was so impressed by the effectiveness of the program, the professionalism and compassion of the volunteer staff, and the committed focus of Casting for Recovery as a breast cancer survivor's quality of life program, that i chose to continue to associate with Casting for Recovery. From 2005 through the present, I have volunteered in some capacity to contribute to the continuation of the program and its quality services. In a world full of programs for breast cancer survivors, this one stands tall in its focus, commitment, and success.

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