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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 600 retreats serving close to 8,000 women across the nation. We currently offer 55 annual retreats in 42 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.

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!!!

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

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.

4

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.

3

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!

2

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!

1 Jeni M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a survivor - and they have offered me a 3 day fly fishing escape to treat myself to nature and nurture my wounds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lamar Booth

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Joselyn H. W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This will be my 10th year participating in CFR. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than sharing the love with others.