About Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature. The retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery. For over 25 years, women from all walks of life have benefitted from CfR’s inspiring program model.

Why Fly Fishing?

At a Casting for Recovery retreat, the gentle motion of fly casting serves as physical therapy to those who have undergone radiation or surgery, while connecting with nature and others offers emotional healing and support. Described as life-changing, our unconventional retreats empower women in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery.

Fast Facts

  • Casting for Recovery provides free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer

  • 70% of the women who attend Casting for Recovery retreats have never been to a support group

  • CfR currently offers 60 retreats across the country, serving over 800 women each year. To date over 11,000 women with breast cancer have benefitted from the healing power of nature

  • CfR relies on the support of more than 1,800 volunteers nationwide, including medical and psychosocial professionals, fly fishing instructors and alumnae

  • National sponsors include Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Branwyn Performance Innerwear, BUFF, Costa, Enell, Madison Rose, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., Orvis, Texas Oncology, YETI and Sycamore Capital

  • CfR has inspired similar efforts in six countries outside of the U.S.

CfR is proud to hold the highest marks on charity rating sites:

Our Rich History

Casting for Recovery was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, by a breast reconstruction surgeon and a professional fly fisher. Awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1998, Casting for Recovery’s innovative program focuses on improving quality of life for women with breast cancer, and has garnered endorsements from medical and psychosocial experts nationwide.

In 2024, Casting for Recovery
will serve over 800 women with
breast cancer. Help us make an impact.

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