New campaign to provide retreats for women recovering from breast cancer launched

October 05, 2015

Casting for Recovery was started by a breast surgeon who loved fly fishing and who recognized both the physical and emotional benefits the sport and its natural setting can provide to women in recovery. The retreats combine fly-fishing instruction and catch-and-release fishing with counseling and education to promote the healing process. The two-and-a-half day retreats are provided at no cost to participants.

Simon says her organization??ôs goal is to offer retreats to women in all 50 states by 2015. To reach its goal, Casting for Recovery, which currently has more than 1,000 volunteers, will have to recruit a small army of new volunteers on the ground. But Simon is not worried about growing the ranks of new volunteers because, as she put it, ???Breast cancer touches just about every family in America. So when the call goes out for volunteers, people from all walks of life step up.???

The Hartford, which is celebrating its bicentennial in 2010, is also the founding sponsor of U.S. Paralympics, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting and training elite athletes with physical disabilities. Weaver says all three organizations share what she calls an abilities philosophy, which encourages people with illnesses and physical disabilities to use their abilities to overcome life??ôs challenges.