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Casting for Recovery

Rating: 4.87 stars   62 reviews 1,962

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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Reviews for Casting for Recovery

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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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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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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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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I could count on one hand the number of times I fished before going to the retreat. I didn't know if I would like it but wow the risk was worth it ! All the retreat staff, resort staff and River Helpers were kind and fun, It was a relief being able to talk to others who "got it" and learning something new in life after the chemo and always feeling tired. There are feelings I never shared with anyone that came out in the group cabin the first night and the validation from other women who felt the same was overwhelming. It's a great mix of learning about fly fishing, talking with other survivors, and having time to yourself.

On the last day we did an activity and part of it was casting a stone into the river. That stone was my cancer. It has not weighed me down like it used to and I do owe my change in thinking and living to this weekend. Even if you never fish again (I do all the time now) give yourself this gift and give it a shot.

This picture is me with my River Helper and one of my first fishes. I still keep in touch with her and volunteer for CFR too.

 
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I participated in a Casting for Recovery weekend in Southern California in May 2015. It was a life changing experience. From the moment I arrived, to the moment I left, I was surrounded with enthusiastic and fun loving women. Learning to fly fish was just part of the weekend's activities. We also participated in a counseling session and a medical session where we learned to mentally and physically face the challenges that breast cancer diagnosis and treatment bring and how to help ourselves deal with those challenges. Then Sunday, our on the water day, it was exciting and daunting as we put our lines in the water, encouraged by the experienced fly fishing water guide. I continue to communicate with my water guide, the facilitators from the weekend and some of the women with whom I shared the weekend. Participating in CfR has given me a new sense of well being and calmness about my disease. Fly fishing has become my "muse", exercise, focus, meditation and excitement all in one package. Casting for Recovery is the perfect retreat for women who have walked the breast cancer challenge.

 
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I was chosen to attend Casting for Recovery Nebraska in 2013. Our retreat was in Valentine. At the time, I was in remission from metastatic breast cancer. I can't properly express what this weekend meant to me. I have fished and enjoy the outdoors, but this was an entirely new experience for me: trout fishing in a part of Nebraska that looks nothing like where I was raised on a farm; with a group of strangers. At first I was wary of the talking and sharing groups, as I'm not a touchy-feely person; but I never felt uncomfortable or pressured to open up. We did share a bond and really enjoyed everyone's company. Learning the very intricate art of fly fishing was also challenging, and a great way to "get out of your own head" and focus on something else for a change. 3 months later, I learned that my cancer had returned. I have been able to keep fighting with a good attitude, in no small part thanks to CFR. When I am stressed and scared, and need to go to a happy place, that place is on the Snake River. Fly fishing taught me that sometimes you just need to stop trying so hard, and just let yourself get into a natural rhythm, and it will all work itself out.

 
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Being involved with Casting for Recovery is an honor. The program is life changing for those of us who volunteer as well as the women we serve. Yes - we teach breast cancer survivors to fly fish during out retreats that are offered at no charge to participants. But the weekend is about much more than fishing.

 
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