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Casting for Recovery's program combines counseling, medical information, and fly fishing to build a focus on wellness instead of illness. The organization offers a fly-fishing retreat for 14 selected Georgia women in all stages of breast cancer who apply for the program. Not only are participants instructed in how to engage in the wonderful sport of fly fishing, but also the participants are given the opportunity to share stories in a safe and supportive environment while receiving psychosocial and medical expertise surrounding their breast cancer treatments.
This year's retreat, a two-and-a-half day program, was held April 26-28, 2013. Lodging, meals, equipment, and events were at no cost to the selected participants. Check back for details of the next retreat at www.CastingforRecovery.org.
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Casting for Recovery-Georgia hosted its second retreat at Smithgall Woods, near Helen, Georgia, in the beautiful north Georgia Mountains. Fourteen women who are in different stages of re-covering from breast cancer came to-gether from all over the state for a week-end of learning about fly fishing and how to deal with being a cancer survivor. Read more in NEWS below.
Smithgall Woods is an elegant mountain retreat that was perfect for Casting for Recovery’s first retreat. North Georgia's premier trout stream, Dukes Creek, runs through this spectacular mountain property and is a favorite for catch-and-release fishing. Southern Living Magazine called it "the holiest of holies in Georgia trout-catching circles."
Check back for details on the 2014 Retreat
Smithgall Woods, Helen, GA
November 16, 2013
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On April 26-28 Casting for Recovery Ga. Held their second annual retreat at Smithgall Woods near Helen, Georgia. Fourteen women who are in different stages of re-covering from breast cancer came to-gether from all over the state for a week-end of learning about fly fishing and how to deal with being a cancer survivor.
In our second year over sixty applications for the retreat were submitted to Casting for Recovery and the lucky fourteen women made the best of the opportunity. The group included a 1996 US Olympian, a 79 year old, a young woman from Blue Ridge, women who had never been fishing in their lives and those who just needed the weekend to feel alive again.
The weather was iffy at best but the rain stayed away for most of the time and the ladies were able learn the basics of casting and tying flies, which many used on Sunday to catch their first trout ever. Sunday the group of volunteer River Helpers joined the group and although it was pouring down rain all morning took all the willing women to Smith Creek at Unicoi State Park to use the skills they had learned over the week-end to attempt to catch a trout.
It was an amazing sight with all fourteen women dressed in their waders, boots, caps and raincoats as they left to get in the stream. Most of us would have stayed in by the fire and forgotten about fishing, but they had come to fish and fish they did. I believe most of the women were able to catch at least one fish although the condition of dirty, rising water wasn’t what you would call anywhere need good.
The smiles, giggles, laughs, hugs and high fives said it all, this weekend was a huge success and every one of these Castaways had come and conquered both their fears and life bounds.
Casting for Recovery Georgia is a new program but in just two years has made such a difference in people’s lives. Hopefully you know someone who has attended or volunteered and have heard the stories and hopefully you will get involved personally, make a donation, or just tell someone you might know about our success.
Several past Georgia participants attended the 2012 CFR reunion at Lake Logan near Canton, NC. The weekend was a chance to reunite with friends, make new friends, relax, and FISH.
CFR-Georgia joined CFR-TN and CFR-Carolinas at the FFF-SEC Fly Fishing Festival at Unicoi State Park, just outside of Helen, Georgia.
CFR-Georgia joined the Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited chapter at Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia, for their “Good Ol’ Fashion Family Farm Pond Fishing” days. This fun-packed day allowed CFR-Georgia to start spreading the word about the retreats, recruiting volunteers, and getting donations.
Read about us in the New York Times! Casting for Recovery was featured in their special "Giving Section" in November 2010.