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Phone: 1-888-362-9182
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 women.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: help with outreach to breast cancer survivors in their area.

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: healing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing. Our retreats combine medical education, counseling and the therapeutic sport of 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. Our retreats are offered at no cost to the participants.

The mission of Casting for Recovery (CFR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental healing. Our program uses counseling, medical education, and instruction in fly fishing to provide an opportunity for women at any age, or stage of treatment, to address survivorship issues. We are committed to socioeconomic and cultural diversity, and our retreats are provided at no cost to participants.
Since our founding in 1998, we have conducted close to 500 retreats serving more than 6,000 women across the nation. We currently offer 44 annual retreats in 34 states.

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As someone who has had a lot of experience with nonprofits as a volunteer, board member, and client, Casting for Recovery is close to the top as far as being well-run. I do not see their financial statements regularly, but their 990 is A-OK and their fundraising ratrio is very low. I know that the... more »
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The volunteers in this organization work very hard and care deeply about providing meaningful retreats. It's shameful that as of 2012 each chapter pays up to $6000 per year to the national organization. More of that money should be kept locally, where it is raised. Cut the cost at the national level... more »
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I attended a fundraiser for CFR- Long Island almost 10 years ago and I have been hooked on helping this amazing organization ever since. The fishing retreats hosted by CFR bring together women of all walks of life who share in the battle of breast cancer. For many this is not only a first time fly ... more »
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