I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46. Young but unfortunately more common than you would think. Luckily, I didn't have any friends who have gone through it. Unfortunately I also didn't have anyone who understood what I was going through. I had great medical care for my body but not much care addressing my mental health. I never went to a support group- with all the doctor appointments and the side effects I didn't have the time or energy to go. CfR was an amazing experience. From the moment you step out of your car you are shown you matter. The staff and volunteers treated us like royalty. Being out in nature changes things, opens you up in unexpected ways. Fly fishing lessons were amazing. Gave us all things to think about besides our illness. I know many of us caught the bug. Can't wait til temperatures warm up and we can get in the river again. The wellness sessions were so informative. Answering questions I was too shy to ask or didn't realize I needed to ask. CfR is a place of support that doesn't end when your retreat ends. The women you meet there- participants, volunteers and staff-are there for you long after the fly rods are put away. Oh yeah.... and did I mention the cookies?
Casting For Recovery is a fantastic group of women to work with, both staff and members. I had the pleasure of working with Lise and Tiffany at the 2019 Summer Retreat in Long Island, and it was one of the most impactful experiences ever! As the event photographer, I was able to emerge myself in the attendees' world (learn about their stories/healing) and watch them catch fish, some for the very first time. Lise, Tiffany, and the attendees had such positive attitudes, and it made me very thankful to meet such lovely people!
As an Africa woman, I've never been exposed to fly fishing except watching A River Runs and Through It. However, I knew that I'd like to try it. The opportunity presented itself in 2003 through Casting for Recovery. As a breast cancer survivor, I attended a retreat and was truly amazed at how much I enjoyed it. The staff was wonderful and treated us like royalty. I was so impressed that I started volunteering with the organization as Participant Coordinator in 2004. Since that time I have volunteered in different staff positions and now an Co-Program Coordinator of the Casting for Recovery Mid Atlantic Program. As a volunteer, I reached out to other organizations, support groups , friends and family to promote the program to Women of Color. It does my heart good to be able to offer this opportunity to them. The opportunity to give all breast cancer survivors a change to get away from their everyday lives and spend time with life minded women in a beautiful setting is truly amazing. The ladies definitely enjoy this experience. I love this program and love fly fishing.
Meaningful, fun and inspiring. What a wonderful offering and mission to bring breast cancer journey women together in this way.
I was 32 when I was diagnosed the 1st time with breast cancer, I had no family history and was very frustrated. I had a wonderful support team, husband, parents, family, friend and doctors. I was told I was treatable and curable and focused on this and my motto was Pumping the Positivity! I tried a few support groups but nothing fit, and I honestly did not feel I needed anything. I found out about Casting for Recovery through a colleague of my mom. I attended the retreat in September 2012, although I was nervous because I did not think I would fit in because of my age all through my treatment I was told you are so young. It ended up be the exactly what I needed. I made connections with all the participants and volunteers. It as the weekend that I never knew I needed. I was invited back to be the participate coordinator and have been volunteering with CFR ever since. Casting for Recovery is perfect combination of friendships, support and service that I needed and love giving back. Each year it renews my spirit and helps me to keep fighting.
Every year I look forward to the Sunday when I get to take a lady fishing. I haven’t been disappointed by the fun and good feelings this day brings.
As a volunteer Retreat Leader for Casting for Recovery (CfR) I have personally witnessed the way this program impacts the lives of women with Breast Cancer (all stages of treatment and recovery). After a 3-day CfR retreat women go home with BIG smiles and new friendships. The retreat staff and river helpers are also inspired by the women and the experience! AMAZING PROGRAM!!
I am a breast cancer survivor and when I ended my treatment, I wanted to do something that would help me move on from the arduous journey that I had been on and move forward. I found it in Casting For Recovery. It fulfilled my dream of trying to fly fish! Not only did I learn fly fishing skills from experienced river guides, but I gained the support and sisterhood of 13 other survivors. For three days and two nights, we were treated to all expenses paid at the Tailwaters Lodge in Altmont, New York on the Salmon River. On the last day we each had our own guide on the river for three hours. I don’t ever recall not smiling during my time here, as there was so much encouragement and positivity from both the participants and skilled Casting for Recovery Staff that were with us the entire time. Not only did I leave with fulfilling a dream, but the support and sisterhood for a lifetime. I am always happy to help this organization that helped me in so many ways.
First class charity! I’ve had the honor of volunteering for 10 years, and it is one of my proudest accomplishments. This is an extraordinarily well run program, The teams are utterly amazing, the camaraderie, and the experience the women take away from these remarkable weekends is truly life-changing.
Casting for Recovery has a great national network that is really helpful to its volunteers. We can ask questions and get good, timely answers that help us in our mission to bring a new view of life for our participants. This makes it possible to attract good folks who work hard to make our retreats successful.
As a volunteer for this organization I see first hand the impact this free weekend retreat has on participants. Becoming friends through social media allows me to understand that the impact of this event is long lasting. To see the joy these women experience on the final day of the retreat is to realize how lucky we are to be a part of this organization. None of us on the local level receive any money for our time and travel, the paid staff is skeleton compared to most organizations, and finally, it’s all about the participants and ensuring that they have a weekend as free from the daily stress of being a breast cancer survivor as possible. I would volunteer for a retreat every month if given the opportunity.
What a wonderful experience for cancer survivors. We fished, shared our stories, and formed lasting friendships. Casting for Recovery is an excellent organization with a loving heart and a hard working team.
Casting for recovery caught my attention, and I have become a participant and forever a supporter. What a wonderful organization.
I have been a volunteer since 2012, and I have met the most amazing people through this organization. From the brave women who take a chance on the unknown, to the warm-hearted, caring and generous volunteers, staff, board members, donors and supporters. I can honestly say that this has been the best thing that I have ever been lucky enough to be a part of.
CfR is a beyond healing 2.5 day retreat experience allowing breast cancer survivors to thrive in nature amongst other women dealing with the same diagnosis. It's powerful medicine.
I participated in a Casting for Recovery retreat for women with breast cancer. It was a great experience. It was so therapeutic to be away from the daily grind ... and the drugs and the treatments and the insurance billing hassles...and get to spend some time in nature with the phenomenal support of this great group of women. I am so grateful for their work and heartily endorse their efforts and their organization.
Last weekend I participated in CfR Kenai, Alaska’s retreat. It was fabulous. They treated us like princesses and the staff were so caring and fun! I feel a big lift in my spirits as I carry on my recovery. Thank you, CfR Kenai for a very special time.
What a terrific experience I had volunteering with this group. So well organized and full of joy. Casting for recovery does so much good toward healing the body and soul.
Fantastic program for women facing breast cancer focussing on the physical, the emotional and the fun.
I was selected to attend CfR in Maine this past July - four years out from my journey. It was an incredible experience , meeting total strangers who all share the same diagnosis. We carpooled for a 6-hour journey and became life-long friends. It was definitely a life-changing experience that I share with all women afflicted with this diagnosis. Your program does more for these women than you realize. I have already submitted my volunteer application for 2020 and will continue my efforts in fundraising events for this incredible organization! Thank you for all that you do.
I was privileged to attend the Washington 2012 retreat. I was incredibly impressed with the program and the volunteers. I especially appreciated the two support sessions. In fact I was so impressed with the retreat that I volunteered to be the state coordinator. I remain committed to supporting Casting for Recovery .
I participated in a Casting for Recovery retreat as a breast cancer survivor in 2007, at no cost to myself, and found the support of the everyone involved enormously beneficial. While learning a new skill each of us had a chance to share and learn from each other. Since then I have helped out with community outreach when I can. Casting for Recovery is a wonderful organization -- lean and mission-driven -- with wonderful volunteer leadership in the regions.
It was the best weekend I've had since diagnosis. I learned a lot, met some incredible women who volunteered their time and efforts to help other women like me. I was scared and nervous and anxiout about fly fishing, which I've never done, and their patience and teaching were perfect. It was a weekend of getting support, nice pampering gifts, and lots of love and friendship, from both the participants as well as the retreat leaders. I can't recommend them highly enough, and I thank them for all they do.
We are proud to assist this fine organization. We have met many dedicated, sincere, passionate volunteers whose only mission is to mitigate the struggles of those facing breast cancer.
I am what so many of the Casting for Recovery volunteers are: a past participant. Our ranks are many. Those of us who have attended a CFR retreat and subsequently volunteer have been so positively affected by our experiences at the retreats that we are deeply committed to CFR and to its mission of providing the best experience possible to our breast cancer sisters. Fourteen years after attending the first CFR retreat in Texas, I am still volunteering and promoting the retreats. Through this time, CFR has continued to evolve and improve and I am proud to have been associated with it.
Casting for recovery is a welcoming, caring group that emerges women who have at present or past breast cancer into a full weekend of companionship, discussions, support for this life altering disease. The result of 3 days together we gain new insights, new friendships and fly fishing experience and fun. Amid the laughter and gatherings together the team at Casting for Recovery is ready night and day to care , share , guide and love the 14 women in the group. The experiences shared are enriching, organized, personalized and so enjoyable. Look for a local group of "Casting to Recovery". As they say, you will be glad you did!!!!! 2019 NH Participant
CfR is a game changer! 14 breast cancer survivors of all stages and ages come together and experience therapeutic fly fishing. Each is supported with breast cancer education during a two and a half day retreat. I am one of the 70 % of women who shied away from any support groups, not wanting to talk about it. The depression followed and years of anxiety passed. I was encouraged to apply to CfR by another survivor who had experienced it. I'm living again! I was just existing now I am truly living. One on one support, group support and an amazing location. I learned more about living with breast cancer in those 2 1/2 days, than I did in 4 years. (And I caught a few fish too!) Worthwhile organization to contribute to or volunteer for. castingforrecovery.org
I had one of the best weekends of my life at Casting for Recovery. It is exactly what I needed....to connect with ladies that know my struggle all to well and to spend time in nature. I can not recommend this organization enough!
Casting for Recovery is most definitely a healing retreat. As a survivor, the weekend spent in nature, listening to the river, learning to fly-fish was so relaxing and provided a sense of peace that I have forgotten existed since my diagnosis. Everyone on staff from the organizers, host lodge, instructors and medical team was so supportive and attentive to any need a participant had. The opportunity to openly discuss health concerns with the medical team and share experiences with others in similar situations in a beautiful atmosphere was just amazing. The fly fishing instructors were so kind and generous in teaching their craft, that I felt like a child tying my first knot. And the day on the river with a personal fly instructor was icing on the cake. To have someone teach, help, guide and encourage me on the river was a pure joy. The generosity of Casting for Recovery and its supporters provides a valuable and healing experience to breast cancer patients. I'm grateful to have been apart of this unique retreat.
I had a wonderful experience at my Casting for Recovery retreat. I'm still in shock that it was all at no cost to me or other participants. The staff and volunteers went so far above and beyond all of my expectations and saw to it that all of the participants had an amazing experience that will never be forgotten. It was a life altering retreat and I've made friends for life. I can't thank them enough!
As a volunteer for Colorado CFR for the past 12 years, I have watched this amazing organization grow into the true resource and healing opportunity for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. I have been honored to graduate from a mere half day guide volunteer to a retreat fly fishing instructor, and even with our busy lives, there truly is nothing I'd rather do on a weekend than to contribute to and experience what CFR provides to these women. Ultimately, it's based around fishing, but it's not about fishing. Ultimately, it is the power of nature and camaraderie - tough to explain, but we all experience it in our souls. CFR is able to have a great program because it gives so much back to volunteers, so that when money must be spent, it goes directly to the things necessary to benefit participants. It changes lies of participants, yes, and also the lives of volunteers. Keep up the good work.
I began volunteering for CfR after I was diagnosed, and learned there was not a program in my home state. It is a remarkable organization top to bottom. The focus from the National office in supporting all of the local programs, and the comraderie between local programs - to constantly improve and grow to benefit survivors and create the best experience possible is amazing to be part of. Truly, Nature Heals.
June 1, 2018 is the day that I showed up to the Casting for Recovery retreat and my life has not been the same since then! The staff and volunteers and gracious hospitality set the perfect stage for 14 women to relax, enjoy, engage, laugh, and learn about ourselves, each other, and the glorious sport of fly fishing. The gifts of new friendships and a new sport and a new sense of post cancer self keep giving. It was simply put a magical weekend which keeps on giving. Thank you CFR!
I recently went on a weekend retreat for cancer patients/survivors that was put on by Casting for Recovery. This was a life-changing event. It was a wonderful retreat, at a wonderful location with wonderful support for the participants. It was one of the greatest experiences I've had and it really lifted my spirits and gave me life long friends that are making my diagnosis much easier to handle and it was all done at no cost to me because Casting for Recovery not only organized the whole retreat, they volunteered their time and paid for everything. It was truly amazing!
I'm a survivor - and they have offered me a 3 day fly fishing escape to treat myself to nature and nurture my wounds.
Had the most wonderful experience during this journey with amazing women. The staff of Casting for Recovery had so much compassion and caring for all of us at the retreat. From the moment you arrive you are treated like family. While learning a new sport of fly fishing, you get to bond with nature. Such a great group of volunteers that make you love living after a cancer diagnosis. Mine was at Altmar, NY retreat in June 2018
Casting for Recovery does an awesome job at loving women who've experienced, or are going through breast cancer and it's treatment. Fly fishing believed it or not, is very gentle, to the arm and shoulder. The ladies who run the retreat are loving, always looking out for the well-fare of the participants. You learn to handle a fly rod, how to cast effectively, what fish eat--aka bugs, etc. You get to experience what it's like to wear waders--which allows you to get INTO the water and stay dry. You are assigned a River Guide who teaches you even more about fly fishing, they help you keep your balance so you don't fall in, they will even help you take the fish you catch off the hock. Bottom-line, it's work the drive, 2 1/2 days away, the memories you establish and the new friends you make.
I had been a 10 year survivor the year I attending the CFR retreat in VT. What a great experience even though I am still learning the fly fishing technique. Just listening to the other participants share their stories made me look back at my breast cancer experience making me feel so blessed to be alive. I met some wonderful people at the retreat and now try to help in anyway I can so others may have the same experience.
CFR really made me feel that they care for everyone and did their best to make sure we all had a great time. This year I will be going fly fishing with my son. Thanks to CFR for great memories that will last forever!
I have volunteered as a river helper for Casting for Recovery for all of the retreats held in Georgia. Some may argue that I am simply a “captive volunteer”, as my wife, Beverly, is the Georgia Program Coordinator, but that is not the case. Beverly is a breast cancer survivor and attended a North Carolina retreat in 2004. She has volunteered for the program ever since that date and I have witnessed the tremendous benefit she has experienced from her involvement. It has enriched her life and I simply want to do all that I can to help. CFR attracts some remarkable volunteers and in our travels and in working with the program I have been impressed with those I have met. The majority of my volunteer time is spent assisting Beverly with getting the word out about the program, with fund raising events and also attending fly fishing shows and events on behalf of the Georgia program. By far the most rewarding aspect of volunteering is seeing the brave women at the retreat while they are fishing and as a river helper, that more than justifies the time I devote to helping.
I have volunteered as a river helper for Casting for Recovery for all of the retreats held in Georgia. Some may argue that I am simply a “captive volunteer”, as my wife, Beverly, is the Georgia Program Coordinator, but that is not the case. Beverly is a breast cancer survivor and attended a North Carolina retreat in 2004. She has volunteered for the program ever since that date and I have witnessed the tremendous benefit she has experienced from her involvement. It has enriched her life and I simply want to do all that I can to help. CfR attracts some remarkable volunteers and in our travels and in working with the program I have been impressed with those I have met. The majority of my volunteer time is spent assisting Beverly with getting the word out about the program, with fund raising events and also attending fly fishing shows and events on behalf of the Georgia program. By far the most rewarding aspect of volunteering is seeing the brave women at the retreat while they are fishing and as a river helper, that more than justifies the time I devote to helping.
I have been a medical facilitator with CFR for several years now . I feel so honored to be apart of this amazing effort to support women during their journey through breast cancer. I ALWAYS leave with much more than I give. CFR makes such an impact with the participants who attend these retreats across the country. I'm hoping for many more!
About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 3b breast cancer. After surgery, chemo, radiation, hair loss, and much more I was not the same woman as before the diagnosis. Luckily, I discovered CfR on the Susan G. Komen website and just kept digging. I was looking for something to bring "me" back. I had a fantastic support group during my treatment but afterwards I was feeling that I was supposed to be "over it". Well, you are never over it once you've had cancer. As you all have read, it is a life changing/recovery of oneself weekend! So healing. So life altering in a fantastic way. I asked to be included as a volunteer the next year and was given the honor of a position. Being a seamstress, the actual goodie bags they had that year were not up to my standards. The contents were amazing, but the bag was lacking. So I volunteered to make bags the next year and now I am on my 4th year as the bag lady and volunteer! As I sew each of the 14 bags I think of my journey and the ladies who will receive this bag full of love and hope. Now in January I begin the countdown to the CfR weekend with the Central/West TN gals! This nonprofit is the finest experience I have ever been affiliated with! It is a labor of love all year long preparing and executing the program. But so fulfilling for all on Sunday!
I attended last spring. I’m four years post bilateral mastectomy From breast cancer. The fishing was great. But the emotional support and sisterhood was AMAZING! This weekend was so healing, Fisher woman or not! Every breast cancer patient should try to attend!
I’ve seen first hand the benefits this organization provides for women. I had the pleasure of spending some time with a survivor,and now, avid angler. She speaks nothing but blessing about this organization. It’s gives adventure, community, and hope. That’s the gift CFR provides. I’m glad to know what this organization is all about and to be a part of it.
This will be my 10th year participating in CFR. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than sharing the love with others.
Breast Cancer cuts through ethnicity, cultural differences, and age as does Casting for Recovery. Through a CFR retreat, I was connected with other women who intimately and immediately knew what I had endured during my lengthy breast cancer treatment. In “the knowing” there was emotional healing as we talked through changes we now must live with after treatment. We shared and laughed at the silly stories and misadventures that occurred in a safe haven with counselors and medical staff available when support was needed. I realized that I was not alone; it was not just “about me”. I discovered role models encouraging acceptance and taking charge of who I am now. I saw other survivors enjoy life, laugh while learning to fly fish (something new that keeps me stretching), reach out, and encourage. In just one weekend I experienced a high quality, joyful life, despite cancer, and I realized it was time to begin again.
The beauty of the Absaroka Mountains and the retreat’s distance from everyday life offered the opportunity for spiritual growth, as well. Pampered in a comfortable cabin, with wonderful meals served during open conversation with knowledgeable and compassionate staff, and new “sisters”, was a needed difference from home. There was time and space, just for me, to come to terms with my physical and emotional journey, to be wrapped in peace and find courage to begin again when I left the retreat.
Now, as a support staff member, I continue to be part of creating the CFR retreat opportunity for breast cancer sisters yet to come. I am part of helping gals take a break in their breast cancer journey to learn to fly fish (and laugh a little), to stretch physically and mentally, and perhaps, to lend an ear as someone who intimately knows what they’re going through. Casting for Recovery gives me a place to reach out to others with hope and encouragement to make a new beginning after breast cancer.
With heartfelt thanks,
This is an amazing nonprofit that changes the lives. I am a volunteer with CFR for the past 8 years. I have seen women who are isolated in their breast cancer experience renew their zest and hope. The organization is highly dependent on trained, dedicated volunteers and donations to in order to be able to offer the retreats for no cost to participants.
I had the wonderful opportunity of being selected as a participate in the all-expense paid weekend retreat with Casting For Recovery in May 2016, North Fork Ranch, CO. The accommodations at the North Fork Ranch are 5 star. The Casting For Recovery Staff were well prepared for the 14 participants starting at our arrival on Friday through our last day on Sunday fishing on the river. During the weekend I was taught how to fly fish; including knot tying, casting, basic fish anatomy and the life cycle of bugs - all hands on and with visuals. The health and wellness sessions were equally enlightening and allowed participants to share at their own comfort level.
I am now a fly fisher and a fly tier. Getting out on the water allows me to be at peace and renew my spirit.
Casting for Recovery changed my life!
The most rewarding volunteering I have been involved with. So many women helped at a dark time in their lives. Watching their excitement and positive outlook gives me more than anything I can imagine. Now having breast cancer myself, I look to give even more.
I am thankful to have the privilege to volunteer with this wonderful organization. My hope is that we will continue to grow and offer more women the opportunity to participate. Words fail me when I try to describe what these weekends mean to both participants and volunteers. It is live changing.
I was a participant in a Casting for Recovery retreat last year. What a wonderful experience!! The organizers and volunteers were amazing --- so welcoming and so well organized. It was wonderful to meet and share with other women who have been through similar diagnoses and treatments. I loved being able to do something active, outside enjoying nature, that also was beneficial for post-breast cancer surgery. The retreat location was beautiful and perfect for us novice fly fisherwomen, and our volunteer guides were the best. I am thrilled to have made a lot of new friends and an interest in a new hobby!
I am a former participant and I still reflect fondly upon my CfR experience. As a young and urban woman, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy fly fishing but as it turned out, it was the rare thing that got my mind off of the whole cancer journey. I was able to live in the moment and enjoy it. Reconnecting with nature also helped me find some peace. I was touched by the fact that all the staff and volunteers seemed genuinely interested in making sure I had a great time. I'm so thankful for CfR!
As a long-time volunteer, I continue to be amazed at the wonderful ladies who join us at our retreats. The sharing, laughing, and support everyone enjoys truly makes a difference in their lives “after cancer”. Oh, and the fishing is a lot of fun too! Helping a person catch her first fish on a fly has to be experienced to be believed. The lady catching the fish sqeals in delight, and then the lady next her joins in, and then the next, until the whole river is filled with happy noise.
As a breast cancer survivor in the midst of surgeries, this retreat not only helped me meet another younger woman with breast cancer, but others who had similar treatment. The organizers took care to match roommates who were similar. I loved mine! (We are so opposite, yet so, so much alike! The fishing itself was therapeutic and transported me out of my cancer world. I came home feeling more energized, hopeful, and did not feel like I was the only survivor like me. Our weekend cohort still keeps in touch. It is wonderful to have a bond that isn't just cancer! If you can, GO! (Or donate!!!) 2017 Alumna
I was a participant attending the 2017 Upstate NY Retreat held at Tailwater Lodge. This retreat has been a life changing experience for me! Not only did I leave the retreat with a love of fly fishing but I left with HOPE to live beyond my breast cancer diagnosis. It's extremely powerful when you group 14 women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis- and are at various points in their treatment, recovery or living beyond the disease. The commonality of the breast cancer immediately connects each participant and these women quickly become your friends and family. This retreat provides you support both emotionally and physically with laughter, good company, great fishing and a few tears when it's time to go home. To say it was one of the best weekends of my life is an understatement! My involvement with CfR has continued as an Outreach Volunteer in my area to bring awareness of the program to others affected by the disease. Casting for Recovery is a top notch organization and I consider myself lucky to have been a participant and love the fact I can give back as a volunteer.
This is for all women who experience Breast Cancer. I absolutely love what this organization has done for me.
Life Changing. I first heard these words the afternoon I arrived to be fitted with waders, boots, vest, rod and reel. I thought it somewhat grandiose at the time. My story begins with breast cancer. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, my surgery was bilateral mastectomy in 2012, followed by an intense five year effort to ignore anything pink or anything dealing with breast cancer. I ignored dealing with the impacts of cancer. Denial, head in the sand, ostrich mode. I didn't really want to address the mental impacts after so much physical change imposed on my body after the surgeries. I held fast to moving beyond cancer. I suppressed the emotions I felt around the changes cancer brought to my body and mind. My husband came home with information about Cfr after hearing another Volunteer from Cfr speak of her experiences as a River Guide. He suggested I apply for the retreat. I initially postponed the idea of attending. To attend would mean admitting to the community around me that I survived cancer. I wanted to leave all things cancer behind me, forever. The niggling to apply kept bubbling up. Heck, it's just fishing, right? Attending the retreat left me feeling the most spoiled and pampered I've ever felt in my fifty plus years of life. It's been awhile since I've felt such deep passion for life. I feel renewed. My tears of frustration held in for five years since diagnosis finally had a place of expression with the other women at the retreat. They listened, I listened to them, we shared. I never wanted to BE that person with cancer. I never wanted to TALK it out. I needed Casting for Recovery to show me that it's okay to own the PINK. I hated all of the PINK gifts after my diagnosis. Now I view the PINK as an emblem of my resiliency. I have survived cancer when so many others close to me who were diagnosed at the same time as I did not make it. So if you know any one who is a breast cancer survivor, let them know that this is the program to apply for. It is life changing. Get spoiled, get outside, get with other women who know what it's like to be where you are, to be where you've been. I am so impressed with this organization, that I have chosen to volunteer in any capacity that I can to pay it forward.
This is a life changing program of great and unexpected value. Loved it, start to finish.
Casting for recovery was a great retreat and full of wonderful healing for the body,mind and soul. Getting outdoors and connecting with not only nature but women that have gone through or are in the journey of breast cancer. New friends, sharing,laughng, and cryng with each other plenty of hugging and sending love. Letting everyone know that no matter where you are on your journey we are here for you strong and ready to fight. Putting your fears on the end of that fly rod and casting it in to the river and letting go!!!
In 2015 I attended a CfR weekend that exceeded my expectations. I originally applied as I have been a fisherman all my life, but never had tried fly fishing, and wasn't sure I even wanted to learn to fly fish or would gain a whole lot from this weekend adventure. I had a large group of supporters already and didn't think I would gain anything.
I am so glad I went and found it far more than just another support group. It was like finding another branch of a family. Everyone was helpful and interested in what I had to say and how I was doing. The leaders also cared about the technic I was using as I learned to cast (totally different from the fishing I had done in the past). I am still telling everyone and anyone that will listen about the "great" weekend I had at CfR and have found another discipline of fishing I enjoy. I really believe that this program deserves the platinum nonprofit status it has and should continue to have to be able to benefit all and anyone that choses to participate in the adventure. Karla B.
I was so scared to go to this retreat but I had heard how helpful and fun it was, so I went. I carpooled with 4 others, I had the opportunity to get to know these ladies and met more as well. They all taught me so much about cancer, learning how to cope, and just knowing we all had something in common, well it meant more to me and I'll never forget that weekend. The fishing was pretty cool, it got all of us a chance to learn something, I would've never learned and got some laughs out of it, plus meeting great fishing teacher's who really cared about each and everyone of us. It's the best experience, especially when going through something so incredibly scary. I am beyond grateful!
I attended the CfR retreat last September and thought it was fantastic. It was not only learning to fly cast but also to reach down inside ourselves and heal with all the group sessions we had. It was much more than I had heard and was very impressed. I gained 13 new friends and have become close to one in particular. It helped all of us to know others who have been through the same journey, who are dealing with the same problems, and who are healing faster because of this retreat. I feel this is a great service to those of us who have had breast cancer and should be continued. I liked it so much that i am planning on volunteering wherever I can to help those like me who come to CfR retreats. The volunteers who led our retreat were so caring and helpful that I thought I would like to become one of them, too. By the way, the fly fishing bug bit me hard, and I am working on becoming a good fly fisherman! May you serve many, many women in the future by continuing CfR retreats!
I've been a "river helper" for the Southern Oregon CfR retreat for several years. I've made great lasting friendships through the program, with the women I have helped and with other volunteers. I've gotten so much positive feedback from the participants and I know CfR has given so many women a learning and supportive opportunity that is unique and priceless. I joined CfR because I love to share my love of fly-fishing but also because my sister died of breast cancer. She would have been absolutely thrilled to have had the opportunity to learn to fish and to bond with other breast cancer survivors. Volunteering for CfR is a major part of my "giving back" to my community and I cherish my experience and friendships.
I was granted an opportunity to attend a Southern Oregon retreat in 2008. My diagnosis and treatments were during 2007. I was very ready to embark on the journey to find joy and learn that there can be a good life after being diagnosed. When I arrived at Big K Ranch I was welcomed warmly and enthusiastically. The coordinators helped me get settled and I was made to feel very comfortable. It was a few days of crying, laughing, learning, and having a wonderful time in nature. During the course of our time together, I made good friends which I still have today. And, because there are past participant events, I've made some truly deep connections. Since my attendance, I have continued to participate, as an active volunteer. CfR remains an essential part of my life. I describe the CfR Retreat gathering as "the most memorable and impactful experience of my life".
Casting for Recovery (southern Oregon) is a wonderful program! When I went through treatment for breast cancer in 2008 I had pretty good support, but so many women don't get the kind of (non-medical) help that can be so valuable to survivors. When I attended the Casting for Recovery program in 2012 it was such an amazing group, both staff/volunteers and participants! Women in all stages of treatment, survivorship, and late stage in a relaxed setting supported by a caring, knowledgeable, and loving staff were able to open up our hearts and share what each of us needed at whatever place we were at the time. The fly fishing activities provided enough structure to tie all that caring together, and we got to spend the weekend in a beautiful setting that I would otherwise never have been able to experience.