CfR Wyoming

Program coordinator:

Mary Turney

Casting for Recovery Wyoming, led by an all-volunteer team, began in 2011 with a retreat at the Absaroka Ranch near Dubois, Wyoming.  Fourteen women are selected via a random lottery to attend each retreat. Any woman who resides in Wyoming and has received a breast cancer diagnosis is eligible to apply.

Our retreats take women out of the clinical setting and into nature, where they can relax, share their experience with other survivors, and learn the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Our retreats also include medical and psychosocial sessions and are provided at no cost to the participants.

Casting for Recovery-Wyoming hosted its 2014 retreat near Dubois on July 25-27

When they arrived at the Absaroka Ranch, they were 14 strangers from across the state of Wyoming. 14 women diagnosed with breast cancer. From age 36 to 66 … from teacher to rancher and doctor to “blogger”  … from Cody to Cheyenne and Gillette to Big Piney… from remission for 6+ years to currently in treatment. They are mothers and they are grandmas…they are survivors!!

From their arrival at the beautiful Absaroka Ranch, there were bonds formed which grew stronger as the weekend progressed. Too soon it was time for our closing celebration and farewells. Tears were shed, addresses exchanged, hugs galore. New friendships – great memories – healing – and renewal.

Our participants describe the impacts of Casting for Recovery eloquently:

“I hate having to leave – but I know I am stronger, more confident and more empowered – and connected to a vital, caring and generous support group.”

“Talking about my cancer with other survivors and fighters was very important to me.  Thanks to all who provide this experience for us!!”

“Cancer made me feel so helpless. It was overwhelming for me. After this weekend, I know I can live each day more fully. This weekend has given me hope.”

 “We are comfortable to share, talk & ask questions. The camaraderie is wonderful.”

“Your patient instruction is such a blessing.  It’s so fun learning something new.”

“I am grateful for CfR. I needed kindness & understanding.  I got that from you. I feel strong & ready to live life. Who knew all I had to do is go fly fishing. HAHA”

“Found more sisters for life.”

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Retreat Calendar

July 24-26, 2015

*APPLY by May 15, 2015

Absaroka Ranch, Dubois, WY

Here in the West, very few places remain that offer both solitude and beauty on a grand scale. The Absaroka Ranch, located at the headwaters of Wyoming’s Wind River and at the base of the spectacular Absaroka mountain range, is such a place. Wildlife abounds here – elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, bear, eagles, beaver, and badger. Snow-capped peaks, lush alpine forests and meadows, rolling sage-covered hills, wildflowers along with the ranch’s beautifully rustic, sap-stained barns, cabins, and main lodge, make a stay at the Absaroka Ranch one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The atmosphere here is rustic and comfortable. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, the air is crisp, the nights cool, and the days pleasantly warm. Some of the finest fly-fishing in the West is found in the Dubois area. Cutthroat, brown, brook, and rainbow trout abound in crystal clear mountain waters.


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Saturday, April 11, 2015, We had a great fundraiser for the CfR Wyoming Program in Sheridan that included  a casting competition.  Special thanks to Fly Shop of the Big Horns!




June 20, 2015, We are excited about the Color Dash FUNdraiser that will be held in Pinedale.  Thanks for organizing this event Kylah and Heidi at Altitude Drug and Vicky Marshall, a past participant and current staff member.  Proceeds will support Casting for Recovery in Wyoming.

Our Generous Sponsors and Donors
We appreciate the generous support of many volunteers, donors and sponsors who help us financially and through volunteerism. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the following supporters: the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Wyoming Affiliate, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, East Yellowstone Trout Unlimited, Upper Green River Trout Unlimited, and the Dubois Anglers and Wildlife Group. Your generosity is making a real difference in the lives of Wyoming women who have experienced breast cancer.

On behalf of all the CfR Wyoming volunteers and especially the women we serve, thank you!

Casting for Recovery relies on the enthusiasm and support of its loyal volunteers to plan and staff our retreats, as well as conduct fund-raising events. Volunteering will enrich your life and the lives of others with new hope, new skills. Click Here for an application!

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