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Since 1996, Casting for Recovery's support and educational program for women has brought hope and healing to over 4,000 women and their families.

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TO FISH IS TO HOPE May/June 2010

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Casting for Recovery
Arkansas, 2008

Since 1996, Casting for Recovery's support and educational program for women has brought hope and healing to over 4,000 women and their families. To find out more about the program, to submit an application for a retreat, or to make a donation to support a retreat in your area, please visit our website.

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- West Division

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Casting for Recovery's 

Ripple Effect


The "Ripple Effect" that Casting for Recovery has had on the lives of women, their families, friends, and communities is now celebrated in a powerful brochure, donated through the generosity of a family foundation.

A full-blown spring is evident everywhere here in Vermont: the lilacs are out, lambs are suckling, and stone flies are hatching. Vermont is an incredibly beautiful state and one needs only to see the chartreuse, kelly, and forest greens on the hillsides to know why we are called the Green Mountain State. 


And Retreat season is here! Every day we receive notes of pure joy from participants who have forever been transformed by the experience provided by Casting for Recovery's volunteers. One participant recently shared with us: "While my physically healing was well under way, the Casting for Recovery retreat was the beginning of my mental healing."

Our mission, providing support and education to breast cancer survivors, ripples out through these retreat participants into their families, communities, and work.  While we guide "One Woman at a Time," the impact these women have outside the retreat is astounding and immeasurable.

On April 29, 115 friends of the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) and of Casting for Recovery gathered at the Yale Club in New York to celebrate the presentation of the Museum's Heritage Award to Casting for Recovery.
Dr. James Heckman, President of the AMFF Board of Trustees, delivered the award to Hillary Coley, President of CFR's Board of Trustees, and noted
"We are proud to honor this exceptional organization as this year's recipient of the AMFF Heritage Award. Their focus on wellness, rather than illness, has restored confidence to and provided a positive force in the lives of thousands recovering from breast cancer." 



In her acknowledgement, Hillary stressed the "ripple effect" of CFR's mission that has touched many thousands of lives thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, and introduced Executive Director, Lori Simon, who took the opportunity to honor a group of the founders of CFR in attendance: Gwenn Perkins, Dr. Benita Walton, Seline Skoug, Susan Balch, and Margot Page. 
In presenting a corporate sponsor award to The Hartford, CFR's premier national supporter, Lori thanked those representatives in attendance from the company: Brian Murphy, Executive Vice President, and Dr. Ann Hoven, Chief Medical Officer of The Hartford Individual Life Division, both strong advocates for CFR's mission, and Ron Hermann, a regional Vice President of Hartford Life, who represented the company's employees.

Honored with a special award were Georgia Welles, who, with her late husband, has helped expand the ability of CFR to provide internal support to our volunteers, and Peg Miskin, CFR's northern California Program Coordinator and member of the CFR Volunteer Leadership Council, whose passion for service with CFR led to the engagement of Brookdale Senior Living - West Division as a national supporter. And among those also representing CFR were Board of Trustees members Tom Hayes and Dory Shipley, both of whom attended with members of their families, as well as Kate Fox, Sandy Trudel, and Pat Watson. Brookdale Senior Living-West Division was represented by Fara Gold and Sidarany Sletten.
Lighter moments were provided by the presence of basketball legend Walt Frazier, who encouraged spirited donations for the auction items, including basketballs signed by him; auction items and event support were also provided by CFR'ers Susan Balch, Meg Konkel, the Orvis Company, Jim Teeny, and many more! A good time was had by all, but the next day, it was back to business.

Especially during these economic times, we appreciate the generosity of all those who can help us continue to expand our services to the women and families who need the life-changing impact of CFR. We will meet the need by continuing to train and develop our volunteer base, and by working to sustain our programs across the country. Your help, at whatever level of support, can continue to make a difference ... one woman at a time.

Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission and our passion.CFR-MidAtl



In The News

Trout Unlimited's Coy C. Kaylor Conservation Award Goes To

 Kerri Russell, CFR-AR
We are very proud to announce that the 2010 recipient of Trout Unlimited's Coy C. Kaylor Conservation Award is Kerri Russell, Volunteer Program Coordinator of CFR-Arkansas! Here are some remarks from the TU Banquet presentation:

"In 2002, the Arkansas Chapter of Trout Unlimited created the Coy C. Kaylor Conservation Award which is given at the annual Conservation Banquet and Fundraiser. This award is in recognition of an individual who has given their heart and soul through volunteer work for The Arkansas Chapter of Trout Unlimited or other local coldwater conservation efforts.

As a breast cancer survivor, Kerri has volunteered countless hours to Casting for Recovery (CFR) - a national non-profit support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer using fly-fishing as a means to positively impact women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease. Kerri is particularly passionate and involved in CFR. Kerri organized the first Arkansas CFR program in 2004 and has done so annually ever since. She also serves as the Medical Facilitator for CFR programs in other states including Michigan, Alaska, and Tennessee. Through CFR she has helped bring fly-fishing - 'a sport for life' - into the lives of dozens of breast cancer survivors across the country."

 Congratulations from us all, Kerri!

Alumni, Volunteer, and National Office News

A brief recap of activities around the country ...
The 2010 Heritage Award was presented to Casting for Recovery by The American Museum of Fly Fishing at a reception and dinner at the Yale Club, New York City, on April 29, 2010.
June Auction: CFR is planning on conducting our next web-based national fundraising auction from June 14-25, and is also planning another for November this year--email Margot Page to receive item donation forms.
CFR-Colorado Receives Komen Grant:  The Susan G. Komen Southeastern Colorado Affiliate gave a grant to Casting for Recovery's Colorado program to help support three CFR retreats to be held in CO this year. Lanette Abbey accepted the award on behavl of VFR at a special event.
CFR-KY volunteer Program Coordinator Ruby Gordon was a proud honoree at the Kentucky Oaks Day Breast Cancer Survivor Parade held on April 30 at Churchill Downs (on Kentucky Derby Day!). 
CFR-Adirondacks' volunteer team celebrated the recent generous grant of over $8,000 by the Susan G. Komen Northeastern New York Affiliate, awarded to help support the first retreat held in the northeastern region of New York state.  
Brookdale Senior Living held a Bunco Night to support CFR for residents and women from outside the retirement community at the Lodge at Paulin Creek in Santa Rosa.  Forty women played the dice-rolling game for three hours, sampled Signature Dining food pairings prepared by the Lodge's chef, and enjoyed  local Sonoma County wines. 

Montecito Heights Health and Racquet Club in Santa Rosa, CA, hosted Cycle for a Cause on April 17. The 12-hour event, composed of hour-long spinning classes, was a great success, with the club raising over $6,000 to be shared by CFR-Northern California and Girls on the Run. Spinners were able to purchase tickets for prizes awarded during each hour-long cycling period and also make donations over the $25 entry fee

For more news, check out these links:  For more events and our news archives:  Event/Archives
How You Can Help

You can help us make a difference by making a  secure online donation to support Casting for Recovery. Your donation can be allocated to support retreats, volunteer training, outreach and education, or provide general support where needed most.

If you'd like to find out more information about making gifts of stock or other items of value, please email info@castingforrecovery.org

You can connect with some of our corporate friends and supporters to offer comments on and thanks for their support of Casting for Recovery by sending an email directly to the following:
The Hartford, The Orvis Company, Under Armour,  and Brookdale Senior Living-West Division.

And if you know of anyone who would like to learn more about CFR, or help to support our work, please forward this e-newsletter to them.

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