Casting for Recovery builds community through breast cancer survivorship

In late August, 14 women rolled out of a caravan of vehicles in the Russell Gates fishing access site and made their way to the bank of the Blackfoot river decked out in waders, sharing smiles and laughs along the way.

After getting paired with their respective guide for the morning, they set out and dotted the river to practice their casts on moving water.

Participants in the retreat meet their river helper to fish on the Blackfoot River at the Russell Gates Memorial Fishing Access.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian

The women started the weekend as strangers, but shared a common bond of previously receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. They were brought together by the annual Casting for Recovery western Montana program to build community while learning to fly fish.

“This group is incredible, we all often use the term magical when it comes to this dynamic of the group,” said Tammera Nauts, a psychosocial facilitator for the program. “It sounds so cliche, but I mean it’s an apt description, it really is.”

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