Casting for Recovery celebrates 15th year; adds L.L. Bean as sponsor

Posted Feb. 08, 2011, at 10:12 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 08, 2011, at 10:54 a.m.

MANCHESTER, Vt. — Now in its 15th year, Casting for Recovery (CFR), a non-profit organization supporting women recovering from breast cancer, has announce that two new states will hold retreats in 2011: Utah (supported by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Salt Lake City Affiliate) and Nebraska.

These new state programs are being added thanks to continued support from its premier sponsor, The Hartford, and to national sponsors including new sponsor L.L.Bean, as well as from program donors, and the dedicated efforts of volunteers and staff.

Recently profiled by the New York Times (“On the River, An Escape From the Hospital,” 11/11/10), Casting for Recovery has scheduled a total of 45 retreats in 32 states for 2011. Aadditional retreats are planned in New York, Massachusetts, Montana, and Oregon to better serve more women at any age and stage of treatment and recovery from breast cancer at no cost to them. The program’s growth across the U.S. since it was founded in 1996 is a testament to its “ripple effect” that helps women focus on moving beyond diagnosis and treatment to address quality-of-life issues.

“It is always so uplifting when we welcome new programs and sponsors to the Casting for Recovery family,” states Lori Simon, Executive Director. “Yet, unfortunately, we still turn away almost three times as many women as we serve due to lack of capacity. Our 2014 goal is to provide at least one program in all 50 states and with the support of our dedicated volunteers and sponsors, we will meet that goal.”

A complete list of 2011 retreat locations and dates, as well as a secure online retreat application form, are available at www.castingforrecovery.org.

Casting for Recovery retreats incorporate counseling, educational services, and fly fishing to promote physical and mental healing. Casting for Recovery provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn that “To Fish is to Hope.”

Since 1996 CFR has served over 4,500 breast cancer survivors, with the help of over 1,500 volunteers, in retreats that provide emotional and medical support and teach new skills through catch-and-release fly fishing. In 2010, 41 retreats were held across the United States, serving women across the country.

Casting for Recovery retreat programs are offered at no cost to the participants. Numerous medical and psychosocial professionals and institutions consider Casting for Recovery one of the leading programs providing support for women with breast cancer. Retreats are also held in New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom through sister organizations, Casting for Recovery-New Zealand, Casting for Recovery-Canada, and Casting for Recovery-UK/Ireland.

For more information about the Casting for Recovery program, call: 802-362-9181 or visit www.castingforrecovery.org.

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