My dad and I have been looking for a new fly rod for me (he kind of wants his Sage Z-Axis back, and I can’t blame him), and I found out that Sage has a pink fly rod. *gasp* It doesn’t come in the length that I need (and it’s expensive), but it did lead me to an organization called Casting for Recovery (http://castingforrecovery.org/). It’s a charity that takes women who are breast cancer patients or breast cancer survivors on guided fly fishing trips. How cool is that? I think that we sometimes forget that cancer is both a physical and emotional battle. Insurance companies seem to ignore this fact, hence many of them refusing to pay for wigs for women with cancer (which is why I love Pantene Beautiful Lengths). So, a charity like Casting for Recovery is really something in my eyes because it recognizes that fishing and being on a river can be healing. Also, the charity’s website claims that the motions of fly fishing are similar to those exercises prescribed to patients after surgery or radiation. I’m not sure about that, but I still think that what Casting for Recovery is doing is pretty darn neat. As soon as I’m proficient enough in fly fishing to catch more fish than bushes, I’m definitely going to volunteer.
Fishing for Community Service: Casting for Recovery