Casting for Recovery is a nationally recognized not for profit program established in 1996. It provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to experience physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through retreats in a beautiful natural setting; and learn fly-fishing, a sport for life.
Hundreds of breast cancer survivors have participated in the program. Any woman who has experienced breast cancer is eligible to participate in a CFR retreat. She may still be in treatment, or perhaps her battle with breast cancer was decades ago. Each retreat is offered, including lodging and meals, at no cost to the participant.
The CFR retreat is a two-day program that incorporates both fly fishing instruction and social support. Women trained specifically for the CFR program staff each retreat including a health care professional, a psychotherapist, and fly-fishing instructors. Participants and staff arrive the evening before the first day's activities for an informal gathering with the staff, volunteers, and other supporters. Fly fishing instruction includes casting, knot tying, entomology and more. Meals are informal and allow for spontaneous conversations. The second night features a "fireside chat." Fishing on the second day provides time for reflection and the opportunity to put their new skills to the test with catch and release fishing.
We know of the positive impact this program has had on many of the participants from the evaluation forms, personal letters, and testimonials we have received. Here is just one quote from a past participant:
"You've given me new friends, new skills, and new hope." Susan
Casting for Recovery now has a website where you can access their national schedule of retreats! CFR provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to experience physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through retreats in a beautiful natural setting; and to learn fly-fishing, a sport for life
For more information on CFR in Alaska, you can contact:
Casting for Recovery Alaska on facebook.com
Casting for Recovery retreats are made possible through generous donations from private individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants. Many volunteers have contributed their time and effort to the program, also. For more information on Casting for Recovery retreats around the country or to make a tax deductible donation contact:
Casting For Recovery
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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