The first Southeast Regional Retreat was held in Louisiana in 2016 with the goal of bringing the unique CfR program to women in the underserved states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. In 2017, the program expanded to Alabama adding a second retreat. Women with breast cancer from all 3 states are eligible to attend the SE Regional Retreat regardless of where it is held.
CfR retreats take women out of a clinical setting and into nature, where they can relax, share their cancer experience with other women, and learn the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats empower women with educational resources, a new support group, and fly fishing which promotes emotional, physical, and spiritual healing – all at no cost to the participants. The casting motion of fly fishing can be therapeutic and increase arm and shoulder mobility in women who had surgery or radiation as part of their cancer treatment. Oncology professionals and licensed counselors are available throughout the weekend to support women in their journey.
Fourteen women are selected via a random lottery to attend each retreat. Women of any age and any stage of breast cancer treatment or recovery are eligible to apply.