Although I have not seen the story yet, I have been told that my latest magazine article on Casting for Recovery (CFR) is out now in the June issue of Virginia Wildlife, the official publication of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. I have done, I think, five magazine articles now on CFR.
Although I had heard of the organization, I had never considered doing a story on it until friend Anthony Hipps of North Carolina suggested that I do so in 2008. I received an assignment shortly afterwards from Wildlife in North Carolina to do a story, and, ironically, shortly after that Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer.
For those unfamiliar with CFR, it
offers 2 ½ day retreats in venues around the
country where women recovering from breast cancer can receive the latest
information on breast cancer, healthy living, networking, making new friends,
gaining self-esteem, and to be part of a forum to broaden understanding about breast cancer
treatment and enable sharing among participants. Of course, a big part of the getaways is the
participants learning how to fly fish.
Elaine attended the 2010 May retreat in Virginia and last May we both went to the May Old Dominion retreat as part of my doing the story for Virginia Wildlife. In short, Elaine's and my experiences with CFR have been overwhelmingly positive and I hope in the years to come I can do many more stories on this marvelous organization. I know CFR aided greatly in my sweet wife's recovery.