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Casting for Recovery-Wyoming hosted its 2012 retreat near Dubois, Wyoming, on July 27-29, 2012.
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 33 to 66…from ranch owners to oncology nurses and quilters to mountain bike riders …from Cody to Cheyenne and Basin to Saratoga… from remission for 10+ years to currently in radiation and facing surgery in a few weeks.
They are mothers of small children 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 most eloquently:
“I can’t believe so much fun can happen in one weekend.”
“I am still basking in the glow of a weekend full of love and kindness.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been anyplace where people who were so ill were treated so compassionately and lovingly. After 12 years of fighting cancer, this was definitely what I needed.”
“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.”
July 26-28, 2013 - Apply by 5/18/13
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!
August 9, 2012 Casting for Recovery was the featured program at the Dubois Anglers and Wildlife Group’s annual meeting at the Dennison Lodge. Mary Turney, CFR-Wyoming Program Coordinator, presented information about CFR Wyoming. A video created by Bradley Marlow visually told the “CFR Story”. The video is just below. DAWGS donated $500 for the Wyoming CFR Program plus 12 members were River Guides and volunteers at the retreat. Additionally, we have just added the new Casting For Recovery 2012 Video created by Missy Sprouse.
June, 2012 We were pleased to meet with the Upper Green River Trout Unlimited Chapter to discuss CFR's mission and plans. Vicky Marshall described her experience as a participant in 2011 and her expectations for 2012 as part of the Medical Facilitator team. There was considerable interest in supporting CFR through volunteering and financial support. Thanks UBRTU for providing us the opportunity to share our passion for CFR.
January/February 2012 Recently, we were honored to tell the CFR story at meetings with the Trout Unlimited Chapters in Cody and Evanston. Participants and staff members from the 2011 Retreat shared their experiences and provided information about CFR-Wyoming. The East Yellowstone and Upper Bear River chapters were very encouraging and supportive of our efforts. They have provided us financial support and volunteers for the 2012 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 the Redington Company and Paul Clark for the generous donation of rods and reels to the 2012 participants. As one of the participants told us after the retreat, "just holding the rod for a few seconds each day gives me hope."
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]