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.
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. 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.
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 2017 retreat near Dubois on July 21-23
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 42 to 74 … from cashier to pathologist and Tribal Council member to nurse … 5 educators (that was a record!!) and 2 women who work for Wyoming Game and Fish … from Powell to Cheyenne and Buffalo to Jackson … from remission for 12 years to currently in treatment. They are mothers and they are grandmothers … 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:
“I had the time of my life, two days with the most beautiful cancer survivors from various towns in Wyoming. Our time was spent with professional fly fishing guides, volunteers that commit their time and cater to us and are patient enough to teach us how to tie knots and learn the art of fly fishing! Thank you Casting for Recovery, Absaroka ranch and all volunteers for this memorable experience!”
“Bonding with 13 other women who know so much about the journey – so important to embrace the fact that the journey doesn’t stop after treatment – a long road of acceptance happens with many bumps in the road. It was amazing to spend time with all these strong, beautiful women.”
2018 Retreat Calendar
July 27-29, 2018
*Apply by May 18, 2018
Absaroka Ranch, Dubois, WY
Some great moments from the CfR Wyoming 2017 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 Power of Pink, the Wyoming Community Foundation, the CTC Foundation, the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, East Yellowstone, 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.