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Casting for Recovery-Wyoming hosted its 2013 retreat near Dubois, Wyoming, on July 26-28
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 49 to 69… 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 48 to 69 … from teachers to accountants and artists to engineers … from Powell to Cheyenne and Banner to Cora… from remission for 7+ years to recently completing 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 delight.
Our participants describe the impacts of Casting for Recovery eloquently:
“The staff and volunteers are so amazing; they made me feel comfortable with my disability. I felt there was nothing they wouldn’t do for me. This weekend will be one of the most rewarding and wonderful of my life!!”
“I love the diversity from around the state – both staff and participants.”
“The staff & River Helpers were so kind and nurturing. I am overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone from staff to strangers who sent gifts. I felt like I was truly cared for in a way I have never experienced in my life.”
“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.”
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July 25-27, 2014 - Apply by 5/16/14
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.
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!
Casting For Recovery 2013 Reunion
A reunion was held in Dubois, Wyoming on June 21-23, 2013. The weekend was filled with fun - reminiscing, reconnecting and making new friends. From Happy Hour at the Rustic Pine Tavern on Friday to breakfast on the scenic overlook on Sunday, the weekend was action packed. On Saturday morning, Tina Welling from Jackson led a workshop on journaling. In the afternoon, many of us headed for nearby streams to fish. A surprise event was a Belly Dancing lesson led by Melinda Bobo. During our “swap meet” and auction, we raised enough money to sponsor a woman for this year’s retreat. We were honored to have some of our local sponsors join us for dinner and a campfire at Claudia’s by the Wind River on Saturday evening.
It was wonderful being together – to relax – to connect – to laugh – and to renew.
Trout Unlimited: Thank You For Your Support
Spring 2013 We were honored to share the CFR story at Trout Unlimited meetings in Lander and Pinedale. Participants and staff members from the 2011 and 2012 Retreats described their experiences and provided information about CFR-Wyoming. The East Yellowstone, Popo Agie Anglers, Upper Bear River and Upper Green River TU chapters have been very encouraging and supportive of our efforts. They are providing financial support and volunteers for the 2013 retreat. The longstanding national partnership between Casting for Recovery and Trout Unlimited is flourishing in Wyoming as well!
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Thanks to all of you for making CFR in Wyoming a reality. Whether you made a donation to CFR, volunteered for the retreat, bought a raffle ticket, donated and made gift items or simply remembered us in your thoughts and prayers, THANK YOU!! Here is the poem that we share at the retreat:
“May you be filled with loving kindness, May you be well, May you be peaceful and at ease, May you be happy.”
A special thanks to...
Read about us in the New York Times! Casting for Recovery was featured in the special "Giving Section" last November.
Please take a look at these articles in Wyoming newspapers about our 2011 retreat.
Cody Enterprise: an article about one of our participants and one of our staff
Casper Journal: an article about the CFR program in Wyoming and one of our participants
Please join us in spreading the word about the GE Initiative in Wyoming that provides a mobile mammogram unit to service rural areas.
This YouTube video includes comments by Angie Pitts, one of our 2011 participants. Great job, Angie![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjqaMle6Im4?rel=0]