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Casting for Recovery Holds First Retreat Exclusively for
Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Women “living with breast cancer” have different needs
Austin, TX—November 1, 2016—Casting for Recovery (CfR), a national nonprofit organization providing free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer, is proud to announce the official launch of its Metastatic Retreat Program. The launch follows a recent pilot retreat, held in Central Texas on October 7-9, 2016, which served 12 women with metastatic (advanced Stage IV) breast cancer. The pilot was sponsored in part by Pfizer and Texas Oncology.
“Women with metastatic breast cancer have very different concerns as compared with non-metastatic cancer survivors.,” says CfR Program & Development Director, Susan Gaetz. “Our recent pilot retreat confirms what our participants have been telling us — that support is most effective when it is provided in a metastatic-exclusive environment where women can openly express their hopes and fears without the need to protect anyone or hold back.”
CfR’s Metastatic Retreat Program will be rolled out in additional states in 2017. Participants will have the opportunity to learn an exciting new skill - fly fishing - as well as learn ways to balance a fulfilling lifestyle with ongoing cancer treatment and side effects. Oncologists, psychosocial facilitators, and experienced fly fishers will support these women for a weekend of hope and healing.
Casting for Recovery is one of the first survivorship organizations in the country to implement a retreat program specifically for women with advanced breast cancer. CfR celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 and will serve more than 600 women at retreats in 43 states this year.
Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 featuring a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Their retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.