Casting for Recovery is pleased to acknowledge the following organizations for their long-standing support of our mission: International Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, and International Women Fly Fishers . For many years, the members of these organizations have supported CFR programs financially, through volunteerism, and by providing our retreat participants with complimentary memberships to their organizations. The impact of their support is far-reaching and we are thankful for their generosity.
The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) was established in 1965 and is the oldest and largest fly-fishing association in the world. The IFFF has been a supporter of Casting for Recovery since its inception, donating thousands of dollars on an annual basis through its Councils. Many IFFF members are directly involved with CFR by volunteering on program teams as well as providing river helpers through their local Councils.
The IFFF is the only organized advocate for fly fishers on a regional, national, and international level in the world. Their goal is to support fisheries, conservation, and educational programs for all fish and all waters. With Clubs and Councils located all over the world, they provide education, conservation, and restoration in many countries.
“The IFFF is a deep believer in both the physical and emotional healing aspects of fly fishing as it is set in an environment that celebrates bright sunshine, flowing waters, and the wonders of wildlife. The path to healing, just like the act of healing, is unique and personal to each individual. Casting for Recovery is not only an organization, it is hope -- hope for healing, hope for recovery, and hope for a better tomorrow. That is why the International Federation of Fly Fishers strongly supports the Casting for Recovery program,” says Howard Malpass, IFFF National Membership Chairman.
Trout Unlimited (TU) is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with over 150,000 members in nearly 400 local chapters spread across the U.S. TU promotes cold, clean, fishable water through its fundraising, advocacy, and local volunteerism. A growing number of TU’s local chapters have found that Casting for Recovery’s mission is quite complementary, so TU members often volunteer as program staff and river helpers for the retreats, while chapters raise funds to support participants in the program.
“We love getting involved in CFR retreats,” said Mick McCorcle, a member of TU’s Board of Trustees and former president of TU’s largest chapter. “It gives us an opportunity to impart the skills of fly fishing and describe our role in coldwater conservation. But we always get back much more than we give. To see the joy of the participants and the dedication of the program staff is always heartening.”
International Women Fly Fishers (IWFF), founded in 1996, has over 250 members worldwide. Its mission is to support women fly fishers and to promote participation in the sport of fly fishing through education, environmental awareness, and social networking. Supporting Casting for Recovery is a natural fit for IWFF. Some of its members are full-time fly-fishing guides and instructors; others are educators or health care workers who fly fish whenever a chance arises; several are cancer survivors themselves. Many of its membership have been instrumental in setting up CFR retreats, volunteering as river helpers, and raising funds which enable the retreats to take place.
IWFF members share a passion for the sport of fly fishing and recognize that a fly-fishing outing with friends is more than catching fish – it’s living in the moment and enjoying what nature has to offer. And it’s an opportunity to “connect” with other women while learning new skills in an often gorgeous environment. IWFF is committed to passing on this enthusiasm to other women and are honored to assist CFR cancer survivors in whatever way they can. “We all have been impacted by breast cancer in one way or another and this provides me an opportunity to share a sport I love and give back to women going through a tough time with cancer,” says IWFF Treasurer Rebecca Blair.