Fishing for Community Service: Casting for Recovery

My dad and I have been looking for a new fly rod for me (he kind of wants his Sage Z-Axis back, and I can’t blame him), and I found out that Sage has a pink fly rod.  *gasp*  It doesn’t come in the length that I need (and it’s expensive), but it did lead me to an organization called Casting for Recovery (  It’s a charity that takes women who are breast cancer patients or breast cancer survivors on guided fly fishing trips.  How cool is that?  I think that we sometimes forget that cancer is both a physical and emotional battle.  Insurance companies seem to ignore this fact, hence many of them refusing to pay for wigs for women with cancer (which is why I love Pantene Beautiful Lengths).  So, a charity like Casting for Recovery is really something in my eyes because it recognizes that fishing and being on a river can be healing.  Also, the charity’s website claims that the motions of fly fishing are similar to those exercises prescribed to patients after surgery or radiation.  I’m not sure about that, but I still think that what Casting for Recovery is doing is pretty darn neat.  As soon as I’m proficient enough in fly fishing to catch more fish than bushes, I’m definitely going to volunteer.


6 thoughts on “Fishing for Community Service: Casting for Recovery

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  1. What an awesome charity. That’s particularly interesting about the movement in casting. Healing is certainly in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it…

  2. Healing is such a complicated thing. You wouldn’t think that emotions tie into physical healing, but they oftentimes do. When I talked with the Make A Wish Foundation a while back, the director of my local branch told me that a lot of what they do is based on the connection between emotions and physical healing.

  3. Thank you for so much for reading! I’m glad that you you enjoyed the article. What you guys are doing is terrific. If you need writers, I’m definitely available (for free, of course). I’m quite a bit more proficient in writing than in fly fishing. 🙂

  4. I SO know how much a part of healing emotions are. My b-i-l has been fighting lung cancer for three years now, and emotionally that man is such a champ. It’s made a huge difference in his recovery and healing. It’s pretty amazing.

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