Casting for Recovery Overview
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PO Box 1123
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.
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.