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Casting for Recovery

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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Health, Health Care, Mental Health

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 women of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery for breast cancer, and are free to participants.

Results: Since our founding in 1998, we have conducted more than 750 retreats serving over 10,000 women across the nation. We currently offer 59 annual retreats in 42 states. 2018 post-retreat evaluations show that after attending a Casting for Recovery retreat: 99% would recommend the program to others 98% felt connected with other participants 98% gained a new support base with new friends 92% felt better able to cope with their situation 92% learned something new about living with breast cancer 98% received new ideas or resources to improve their quality of life 98% were inspired to include more outdoor activities at home (walking, mindfulness in nature, fly fishing, etc.)

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.

Community Stories

131 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Karen H.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Jolynne H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic program for women facing breast cancer focussing on the physical, the emotional and the fun.

Karyn Chase C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 .

Michael Anne L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Wendy Newhouse G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Keeli A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Ammie J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Mary R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Karen Fish H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Casting for recovery caught my attention, and I have become a participant and forever a supporter. What a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Sandy T.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!