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Program Coordinator:

Mary Smith

Since 2005, Casting for Recovery Indiana has successfully delivered eighteen breast cancer retreats to 248 Indiana survivors from all walks of life. Retreats are held at the beautiful Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center located on 567 scenic acres in Henryville, IN. Two lakes are stocked with bass, catfish, and bluegill for catch-and-release fishing. Wooded Glen offers a peaceful setting to relax, and provides their guests with homemade recipes served buffet style at each meal.

Consider the words of a few of our August 2017 participants:

“For me, a metaphor. As we learn to live life with a history of cancer, we have much to focus on to “cast” successfully. Fly fishing is a skill, beautifully executed, with many parts. Living with cancer is a skill, with many parts, and hopefully beautifully executed.”

“I felt so honored to be chosen, I knew there may be others that will never get this opportunity for various reasons. I met so many people that I hope will be life long friends and had no idea how emotional this would make me feel, in a good way. The entire staff was so passionate about their cause and I am truly appreciative. When I arrived home to tell my story to my husband, I just cried (and I’m not a crier, lol) and said, “no words can explain the experience,” we had with one another.”

“The natural world has always been my refuge. The setting was perfect for me and the free time allowed me to explore both on my own and with other participants. I slowed down and relaxed. I loved seeing the fish, a praying mantis, a bunny, wild turkeys, etc. Running each morning while it was still kind of dark was pretty beautiful! The grounds of the property were gorgeous and it was nice to take in some fresh air, unplug from daily life and responsibilities and relax.”

“I really loved the river guides. Mine was so amazing! He was very helpful, kind, and patient. I didn’t catch anything, but I enjoyed immensely learning from him, chatting about fly fishing and life, and even watching him cast. I appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time and the genuine passion they have for helping others as well as fly fishing.”

“I came with no expectations other than an opportunity to be together with strong courageous women celebrating our triumphs. Fly fishing was just a bonus. I am deeply grateful for the commitment of the program team to volunteer their time & energy to offer such an amazing & purposeful retreat. I so enjoyed making meaningful connections with a handful of women & look forward to nurturing those budding friendships. I learned, I laughed, I felt deeply, and a lover a new experiences, I have the beginnings of a new skill, fly fishing. Thank you and big hug to all who made possible!”

2018 Retreat Calendar

May 4-6, 2018 – Indiana Stage IV distant metastatic breast cancer
* Apply by March 8, 2018

June 22-24, 2018
* Apply by April 13, 2018

September 7-9, 2018
* Apply by June 29, 2018

Wooded Glen Retreat & Conference Center, Henryville, IN

The Pink Ribbon Connection’s 23rd Annual “Stars of Pink” Fashion Show celebrating breast cancer survivors was held on October 14 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.  CfR Indiana had an exhibit booth during the reception, met several amazing breast cancer survivors, and handed out CfR brochures and retreat application forms while taking photos of some of our alumnae who visited the booth.


November and December 2017– CfR Indiana volunteers and students from Carmel High School’s National Honor Society will be providing free holiday gift wrapping at the Orvis store at Clay Terrace in Carmel, IN.  The dates and times are as follows:

Dates:  11/24, 11/25, 11/26, 12/9, 12/10, 12/22, & 12/23
Friday & Saturday Shifts:  11 AM-1 PM, 1-3 PM, & 3-5 PM
Sunday Shifts:  12-2 PM & 2-4 PM

If you are interested, please contact Cindy Day at or 317-490-9901 and let her know which date(s)/time(s) you’d like to volunteer.  Family members and friends are more than welcome to come along with volunteers to help.

January through December 2017 – The Kroger Community Rewards program has assigned CfR Indiana a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) #45575.  If you grocery shop at Kroger and have a Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card or a Kroger Rewards VISA card, you can register on-line at and link your card number to our NPO number.  If you use your phone number in lieu of your card(s) to receive Kroger discounts, you’ll need to go to the same website and link your phone number with our NPO number.  If you shop at Kroger and do not have a Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card, just stop by their customer service desk to sign up.  Once you receive your card, you can go on-line at the above website and do the linking.  Kroger pays up to $200,000 on a quarterly basis to participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Rewards program organizations.

January 20 & 21, 2018 – CfR Indiana will have a booth at the 1st Annual Heartland Fly Fishing Festival on January 20-21, 2018 at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds in Lebanon, IN.  The festival will host over 50 presenters, exhibitors, outfitters, and fly fishing and fly tying instructors from the Midwest.  Casting demonstrations, clinics, and seminars on fly fishing will be presented by fly fishing personalities throughout the event.  This would be a wonderful opportunity for several of our CfR Indiana alumnae to learn more about fly fishing and show their support by wearing their CfR hats.  Click here for updates on the detailed schedule of events.

January 24, 2018 – Registration for 24   Indianapolis will open on January 24, 2018.  CfR Indiana will be setting up a team of bike riders and walkers for this event which will be held at Butler University on June 29-30, 2018 from 7 PM to 7 PM.  The 24 Foundation is providing CfR Indiana a grant in 2018 which will allow us to hold our very first retreat geared towards stage IV, metastatic breast cancer survivors.  For more information about the 24 Indianapolis event, click here.  Stay tuned for more information on our CfR Indiana team!

April 21, 2018 – The 12th Annual Tie-a-thon will be held on April 21 from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Elkhart Conservation Club in Elkhart, IN.  Fly tyers from various Fly Fishers International and Trout Unlimited Clubs from around the Great Lakes region will come together to tie and donate flies benefitting Casting for Recovery Indiana and the Anglers of the Au Sable Youth Program.

This Tie-a-thon will mark a special milestone as this year, tyers will surpass a total of 100,000 flies donated by individual tyers over the past 12 years.

The premise of the Tie-A-Thon is like an old fashion barn raisin’ where several tyers tie as many flies as they can during the event. Along with members of the St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers and Kalamazoo Valley TU chapter, other groups are joining forces again this year to tie flies including The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, Reel Women – Reel Men of Indianapolis, Grand Rapids Fly Tyers, Flygirls of Michigan, Anglers of the Au Sable, Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Three Rivers Fly Fishers of Fort Wayne, Duneland Fly Fishers, and many more individuals from all over the country.

If interested in participating, pick one pattern to tie, buy a box of 100 hooks and needed materials and get tying!  For more information about the event, contact Tim Scott at 574-538-1936 or or Terry Wittorp at 269-424-5138 or


Cabela’s held their Ladies’ Day Out and annual Cabela’s Day events on September 23 and August 12, respectively, at their Hamilton Town Center location in Noblesville, IN.  CfR Indiana volunteers staffed a table to share information with their customers about our organization.  Desi Shidler, one of our retreat fly fishing instructors, brought her fly tying vise and practice casting rod for demonstration purposes.  Thank you to Becky Bechtel, Deb Kappes, Barb and Eric Simpson, Bob and Mary Smith, Amie Lieurance, Karen Morris, Maroline Ritter, and Lisa Stillerman for volunteering to represent CfR Indiana and to Cabela’s for providing us with lunch vouchers, their employee pricing, and more wonderful outreach opportunities!  And, a special thank you to Desi who coordinated these events and recruited volunteers!!

Mary (Program Coordinator) and Bob (River Helper) Smith – Breast Cancer Quilt Made by Penny Myers (Participant Coordinator)

CfR Indiana had an information booth at the health fair portion of the Cancer Support Community’s 3rd Annual Fall Festival held on September 22 from 3 to 7 PM.  The event consisted of a chili cook-off,entertainment, kids’ activities, and a bake sale.  In addition, the Pike Township Fire Department provided a grilled dinner. Mary and Bob Smith staffed the information booth and had visits from several of our CfR Indiana alumnae; e.g., Vicki Hass, Carolyn Cary and family, Suzette Padgett, Brown, Kim Wagler Ziner, and Laura Shedd.  This was a wonderful opportunity for the attendees to learn more about CfR Indiana and other cancer-related organizations in their community. 

A special welcome to our August 2017 retreat participants! You are now official CfR Indiana  Alumnae!!

Lisa Bare, Janet Bennett, Mona Butler, Beth Cornelius, Janet Daniels, Nikia Garland, Nedra Koenig, Amie Lieurance, Kathy Paul, Mary Alice Peoples, Stephanie Probst, Marcia Ryan, and Lisa Stillerman

The Kroger Community Rewards program sent a donation to CfR Indiana in the amount of $185.59 from our supporters (41 households) who shopped at Kroger between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017.  This makes Kroger’s year-to-date total donation to CfR Indiana $514.87.  We would love to see this program continue to grow so if you haven’t registered your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card yet, please go on-line at and link your card number to our Non-Profit Organization (NPO) #45575. The more our supporters shop with Kroger, the more money CfR Indiana will earn!

There are many of our CfR Indiana alumnae and planning team members who could use prayers and good thoughts as they are dealing with their own health issues and/or those of their family members. If we are made aware and given permission, we would be more than willing to share whatever is needed be it prayers, cards, phone calls, meals, etc., with the CfR Indiana planning team and the classmates from your respective retreat.

For those of you who shop on-line at, did you know that Amazon is able to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to a charitable organization of your choice; e.g., Casting for Recovery?  The site is called AmazonSmile and is the same Amazon that you know.  It has the same products, same prices, and same service.  All you have to do to support CfR throughout the year is sign up and start your shopping at

Donors, Sponsors & Supporters

The CfR Indiana program receives generous financial and volunteer support from many private individuals, fly fishing clubs, businesses and foundations. Special thanks go to:

IU Health North                                                             IN - Orvis store Carmel  The Orvis Store (Clay Terrace, Carmel)   IN-IU North LOGO

IndySurviveOars                          24 Foundation


 Kroger Community Rewards





Noblesville Cabela’s and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund


Fly Fishing Film Tour (Zionsville Insurance Agency; Wildcat Creek Outfitters; and Central Indiana TU)


We also wish to acknowledge:  St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers; Normal City Fly Fishers; John (Jr.) Burke and Cecil Guidry, Warm Water Chronicles; Jeff Conrad, Indiana Fly Fishing Guides; Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited; Indianapolis Fly Casters; Reel Women–Reel Men of Indianapolis; Bruce Neckar, Indiana Artist in Residence; Midwest Outdoor Expo; PepsiCo; Subaru Indiana Automotive Foundation; Bob Meyer, Republic National Distributing Company; The Jazz Kitchen; Bredensteiner Printing and Digital Imaging; and many generous individuals. Your generosity is making a real difference in the lives of women who have experienced breast cancer. On behalf of our volunteers and especially the women we serve, thank you!

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New Opportunity to Support CfR!
We are pleased to announce that Casting for Recovery is now eligible to receive funding through Thrivent Financial’s charitable outreach program:  Thrivent Choice.

By directing Choice Dollars, Thrivent members can recommend Casting for Recovery for charitable funding from Thrivent. If you’re a member, please consider Casting for Recovery when directing your Choice Dollars. Funds received will be used to provide our local retreats at no cost to women at any age and in any stage of breast cancer treatment or recovery. Thank you for supporting Casting for Recovery.

Catch us on NBC Nightly News and The TODAY Show! Casting for Recovery was proud to be featured in these national segments in August and October, 2015

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!

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