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Program coordinator:

Mary Turney

The Casting for Recovery Wyoming Program, led by an all-volunteer team, began in 2011 with a retreat at the Absaroka Ranch near Dubois, Wyoming.  Fourteen women are selected via a random lottery to attend each retreat. Any woman who resides in Wyoming and has received a breast cancer diagnosis is eligible to apply.

Our breast cancer retreats take women out of the clinical setting and into nature, where they can relax, share their experience with other survivors, and learn the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Our retreats also include medical and psychosocial sessions and are provided at no cost to the participants.

Casting for Recovery-Wyoming hosted its 2016 retreat near Dubois on July 22-24

When they arrived at the Absaroka Ranch near Dubois, they were 14 strangers from across the state of Wyoming. 14 women diagnosed with breast cancer. From age 31 to 72 … from saddlemaker to physician’s assistant and non-profit director to nurse … from Cowley to Cheyenne and Gillette to Kemmerer … from remission for 17 years to currently in treatment. They are mothers 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 renewal.

Our participants describe the impacts of Casting for Recovery eloquently:

“This program changed my life.  It sounds so cliché to say that, but for as much as breast cancer changed the course of my life, this program changed the course again and made me feel productive and gave me the hope and strength to continue on my breast cancer journey.”

“I thought I’d enjoy myself and learn a new sport.  I was so wrong.  This program helped me let go of emotions (some that I didn’t even realized I had) – anger, resentment, sadness, loneliness.  I know that I was able to rid myself of these and begin renewing myself both physically and emotionally.  I am honored and blessed for having met these strong courageous ladies!!  I am stronger and braver and I give credit to the wonderful staff, amazing participants, terrific guides, generous donors and the entire CfR Program.  Thank you.”

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Read CfR Helps Wyoming Cancer Survivors
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Watch "Casting for Recovery" on KYWY 13
Check out Casting for Recovery on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Buffalo Bulletin’s article on Casting for Recovery Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Retreat Calendar

July 21-23, 2017
*Apply by May 12, 2017
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.


Some great moments from the CfR Wyoming 2016 retreat!


Our Generous Sponsors and Donors

We appreciate the generous support of many volunteers, donors and sponsors who help us financially and through volunteerism. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the following supporters: the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Wyoming Affiliate, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Upper Green River and Upper Bear River Trout Unlimited Chapters. Your generosity is making a real difference in the lives of Wyoming women who have experienced breast cancer.

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