The Orvis Commitment
Casting for Recovery
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Our retreats incorporate counseling, educational services, and the trained facilitators that staff each retreat include a psychosocial therapist, a health care professional (e.g. physical therapist, nurse), as well as fly-fishing instructors. Post-retreat evaluations show that after attending a retreat:
No other programs that we know of have combined fly fishing, counseling, medical expertise, and a focus on quality of life after a diagnosis of breast cancer. Physically, the motion of fly casting is similar to the exercises that are prescribed after surgery or radiation, thus promoting soft tissue stretching. The rhythm of casting the line and being in a natural setting also relieves everyday stress and provides a sense of calm. The retreat offers respite, connectivity, and provides information to survivors. Extending beyond the retreat, annual alumni events are organized, and many alumni now volunteer with the organization.
Other: Promotional materials for outreach are available upon request. Visit www.castingforrecovery.org for retreat information, to apply for a retreat, to make a secure online donation, or to fill out a volunteer application.
Board of Trustees
Carrie Campbell, Research Director, National Geographic, Washington, DC
J.P. Duffy IV, Esq., Partner, DLA Piper, NYC
Mick McCorcle, National Board of Trustees, Trout Unlimited,, Fairview TX
Lawrence Robinson, Principal, Partners & Robinson, NY
Christopher Strongosky, Partner, DLA Piper, NYC
E. Albert Weber, CPA, RSM McGladrey, Alexandria, VA
Gwenn Bogart, Chair Emeritus, Cofounder CFR, AK
Dr. Benita Walton, Cofounder CFR, former breast surgeon, MA
Dr. Peter Silberfarb, Chair Emeritus, Psychiatry, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, NH
Dr. Virginia Borges, Oncologist, University Health Sciences Center, CO
Dr. Patti O’Brien, Internist, Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Survivor, VT
Dr. Ann Hoven, CMO, The Hartford, MN
Betsy Butler, LICSW, Private Practice, VT Dr.
Susan Love, Susan Love Research Foundation
Roxanne Joffe, President, CAP Creative, FL
Diana Hayes, Administrator, Sunapee Cove, VT
Phil Gay, US Navy (retired), Board of Governors, Federation of Fly Fishers, VA
Lori Ann Murphy, R.N., Reel Women Outfitters, ID
Sheri Alper, LICSW-private practice, VT
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