Monday, March 21, 2011

Casting for Recovery Pledge Drive

I would like to thank everyone that has donated so far. I'm very close to meeting my goal of raising $5000.00 for Casting for Recovery.

In the spirit of having fun at competitions, good sportsmanship, and having another purpose at Spey-O-Rama this year, I'm raising money and awareness via a pledge drive for Casting For Recovery. Casting for Recovery (CFR) is a national non-profit support and educational program for women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer, helping woman find strength and courage through flying-fishing, as a tool for recovery.

CFR provides retreats at no cost to participants, which allow women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn to fly fish. The retreats incorporate counseling, educational services and the sport of fly fishing to promote mental and physical healing. CFR currently has 45 retreats in 35 states scheduled for 2011.

On April 17th, 2011, I will be casting at the event Spey-O-Rama, in San Fransisco. Spey-O-Rama is a distance casting event with a double handed rod. Donations are based on my longest cast, per foot. For example, if my longest cast is 125 feet and you donate $1.00 then you will write a check to CFR for $125.00. (last year my longest cast was 127 feet) 100% of donations go to CFR. Please help by spreading the word and donating any amount you can give.

Click on the link below to complete the pledge drive form, after completing, click the submit button at the bottom of the form. Casting results will be announced on April 17th, 2011. I will contact you shorty after that date.

Below is more information about Casting for Recovery.

Each Casting for Recovery retreat accommodates 14 women, who apply and are selected through a random lottery, and immerses them in the world of fly fishing for two-and-a-half days. They learn to cast, tie the basic knots and all about the bugs . . . “What Fish Eat”. They attend a medical session to learn about and share the latest medical treatments available. Participants also attend an evening gathering to share their emotions and feelings about breast cancer with an experienced Psychosocial Facilitator. On the last day of the retreat, the women are in the water practicing catch and release fishing assisted by CFR staff and men and women “riverhelpers” from local fly fishing clubs. Many of the participants have never picked up a rod in their life but go on to become active in the sport or become volunteers for the Casting for Recovery program.

Retreats are staffed by trained women volunteers. There are fly fishing instructors, as well as professional medical and psychosocial volunteers who provide education and support at the retreat. Participants need only to get to the retreat locations. Once there, they are outfitted with fly fishing gear from head to toe which they use while at the retreat.

Keep updated on Spey-O-Rama here, at Metalheads . Results will be posted on April 17, 2011.

Thank you for supporting CFR!
Mia Sheppard
Little Creek Outfitters

photos courtesy of Casting for Recovery