I thought I would post an update for those of you that helped with the fundraiser at the end of last year AND for anyone interested in helping this wonderful organization.
The Utah retreat was held this past weekend and I have nothing but praise for this organization. What a great opportunity for us fly fishers to share our passion for the river, nature and fishing.
This experience gives the women an escape from the stress and worry of dealing with and healing from cancer. These women were so grateful for their experience. So many said that they felt so honored to be chosen as a participant. As a volunteer, I felt the same way...so honored to be able to spend this time with them, sharing the fly fishing world with them.
I will be volunteering again next year, in fact, I can't imagine not being a part of this.
Here is a photo of the entire group, participants, volunteers, national and regional coordinators.
Here is John on the river with a participant.
And myself with a participant.
I would encourage each of you that have this opportunity available to you to participate. They need river helpers (guides) at each retreat. You can submit an application online at Home – Casting for Recovery
I promise you, you will not be sorry you chose to spend 4 hours helping them out.
Some caught fish, some didn't...but it wasn't about the fish. I can't even put into words the feeling I had when my participant hooked and landed her first fish. The tears and words she shared with me while standing in that river will never be forgotten. For me, knowing I helped her forget about the battle she was going through for a few hours was better than any day on the river fishing for myself.
Thanks again to all of you who helped out!