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Casting for Recovery's Annual Weekend Retreat
Casting for Recovery (CFR), a national non-profit support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer, held their annual weekend retreat at Joshua Creek Ranch on April 13-15, 2012. The retreat was open to women of all ages and in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery who live in Texas and was offered at no cost to the participants. A great weekend of fishing, comraderie and healing was experienced by the group.
The CFR program is unique in that the curriculum incorporates the elements of fly-fishing to promote physical and mental healing. It is an opportunity to experience a true respite from familiar surroundings and everyday routines. The casting motion provides a gentle exercise for joint and soft tissue stretching. Fly-fishing provides stress-relief and promotes a sense of calm, while the social interactions offer women a chance to share, laugh, and rejuvenate.
Since 1996, CFR has served over 4,500 breast cancer survivors nationwide, with the help of 1,500 medical, psychosocial, fly-fishing, and alumni volunteers. The Texas Program of Casting for Recovery has been providing retreats for Texas breast cancer survivors since 2005. Casting for Recovery is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Support for this program is received from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Trout Unlimited, Texas Women Fly Fishers and many individuals and organizations. Their leading national sponsor is The Hartford. National sponsors include L.L. Bean, SmartWool and Under Armour.