Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Casting For Recovery

Rating: 4.87 stars   30 reviews 1,202

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health, Health, Cancer

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.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Donate
Invite Reviews Share This Nonprofit

See How 3Hrs Can Help

More Info

1-802-362-9181
http://www.castingforrecovery.org

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Reviews for Casting For Recovery

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.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

From the first phone call I make to contact these terrific women to the last Email I send to them after the retreat they become my girls...it is our pleasure to wait on them, take care if their every need even before they know what it is.....we laugh, cry, and bond with 14 strong, wonderful ,thankful women.....I always tell them this is a memory for a lifetime and it is for all of the volunteers too. .To see the smiles on their faces as they practice casting and the happiness as they leave the dock with their captains...and return to us clapping for them priceless...

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Casting for Recovery, in my opinion, is the best possible experience a woman with breast cancer may experience.

It’s not about a pink ribbon. It’s not about a charity run. It goes to the heart of the human condition that once my eyes watered; that once my survival was in question.

The Casting for Recovery weekend only speaks to empowerment. It removes women from feeling as though they are on stage; that some explanation of her life is necessary.

As the weekend unfolds, women see themselves for the champions they have become. The stalwart phoenix who rises from the ashes of certain destruction.

Casting for Recovery has no expectations of its participants and remains a silent partner in recovery. And together, that singular journey blossoms into a formidable family.

I do not eat fish, nor do I touch fish. My CfR weekend was life affirming. Having the opportunity remove the ugliness that is cancer and live, truly live, among women who share this unwanted bond with me...it changed my outlook on my own recovery and future. And, I caught a really big Bass!

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Luckily I was selected to participate in the Casting for Recovery retreat this summer. June 12th - June 14th. I went into the program thinking it was going to be fun, but never expected what I received. This program was life changing for me. Not only were the advisors and guides over the top accommodating in every sense of the word, but they were kind, helpful and understanding. You can really tell that they love what they do. The event was very organized and kept us busy with group sessions, fly fishing practice, and taught us just about anything and everything there is to know about fly fishing. Instructors were all very knowledgeable and their instruction was very clear. They demonstrated patience with all who participated. I loved the fact that even though we the participants were breast cancer survivors, we didn't have to tell our story. Everybody already knew it. The group therapy Saturday night was great. I learned that I am not alone, and there is always someone out there that has it worse then I do. Keep my chin up and fight the fight!

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

Add a couple more group activities. The fly fishing practice was great, but a lot of time was spent doing it. Luckily my group clicked and bonded very quickly, but a little bit more time spent close together would be nice.

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

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

They are dedicated to enhancing life after breast cancer. I was so impressed with my experience as a participant in their 2011 retreat that I now volunteer and financially support this organization. Fishing merely forms the framework for this intense and healing experience. Being selected to participant was a life altering experience.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

My Casting for Recovery Retreat was a life-changing experience. The volunteers were so loving and kind and reminded me that I need to not only heal from breast cancer, but to also love myself. I enjoyed learning how to fly fish. More than one person has told me that I need a hobby, so it was fun to begin learning one in the company of amazing female teachers and staff.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer and a donor to CFR for over 5 years. The women who participate in the retreats, all leave so happy and empowered. They meet people that really connect with them and what they have been going through. They stay connected with f/u dinners, facebook, and nights out, There have been women that have never really discussed their dx for years, that finally feel comfortable opening up. The Fly fishing connection is a metaphorical connection for many of them, starting them thinking and opening up new discussions. I as a volunteer walk away from the weekend with my heart overflowing. The CFR organization is wonderful. We all have the same goal. The retreats are top notch, well organized, balanced. I feel as a donor that the money is definitely going towards running the retreats, directly helping the women as intended. Would definitely give CFR 5 stars.

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?

2015

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I attended the CT CFR in June 2015 and it was a life changing experience. The volunteers were among the kindest, warmest, most caring women I have ever met. All of the participants commented how they made us feel like royalty for the weekend. The ice breaker activities and group sessions were run in a professional, yet gentle way as to draw the women in and make us feel comfortable. Our fly fish instructors were so knowledgeable and guided us so that we were well prepared for the big day of fishing! This retreat was very healing for me and I am so appreciative for the experience. Our group has a reunion in October and I can't wait to see these amazing women again. Thank you CFR for selecting me to participate in this incredible weekend!

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

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

I was fortunate enough to attend the Spring 2015 CFR at the North Fork Ranch in Colorado. Words cannot explain what an amazing experience it was on so many levels. The women I met, the stories we shared, the mouthwatering meals, stunning property and HUGE fish we all caught were all top notch. The CFR volunteers, ranch owners and help, and the fly fishing instructors were so incredibly kind, caring, helpful, and fun! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I still think about it often, especially when I'm fly fishing!

 
Flag review
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!

 
Flag review