To Fish Is To Hope

In 1996, Casting for Recovery, a national non-profit organization, began to support breast-cancer survivors in a rather unique way–through fly-fishing. This is accomplished through weekend retreats that combine fly-fishing with counseling and medical information to help participants focus on wellness. Why fly-fishing? A physical benefit is the casting movement, which mimics some of the physical-therapy exercises used to increase range of motion and mobility as well as to move fluids through the lymph system, which prevents or alleviates lymphedema. Emotionally, …

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