Since 1996, Casting for Recovery has provided two and half day, no-cost retreats for female breasts cancer survivors of any age and at any stage in their diagnosis. The concept of the CfR retreat weekend is unique, yet simple. On a physical level, the casting motion of a fly rod can be good therapy for women who have had surgery or radiation for breast cancer.
On an emotional level, women are provided the opportunity to experience a new activity in a safe environment,amongst a supportive group of peers. Our retreats provide resources to help address quality of life issues after a breast cancer diagnosis, and a new outlet – fly fishing – as a reprieve from the everyday stresses and challenges of their cancer.
This year, Casting for Recovery will host 55 retreats across the country, serving approximately 800 survivors. To date 8,000+ women have already attended a CfR retreat. Four of the 55 retreats in 2017 were specialty programs – a retreat exclusively for female disabled veterans and active duty military women with breast cancer, a retreat exclusively for Native American breast cancer survivors and two retreats exclusively for women with metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer.
CfR’s 1,600 volunteers from around the country include medical and psychosocial professionals, fly fishing instructors and alumnae who have experienced the CfR retreat as a participant and want to give back.
National sponsors include Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Stevinson Automotive, Sage, Sisters on the Fly, Simms, Ashford Hospitality Trust and Orvis.
Recently recognized by Mass General Cancer Center, Casting for Recovery was named a “One Hundred” honoree. Take a closer look into the CfR retreat experience and meet Chocolate a 2017 CfR participant.
For more information visit the Casting For Recovery website.
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