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Reel Recovery: Fly fishing escapes for men battling cancer

Posted at 1:30 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 15:30:16-04

Reel Recovery was founded in 2003 by a group of avid fly-fishers, inspired by their fishing buddy's ongoing battle with brain cancer. Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing provided their friend, they created Reel Recovery to provide the same opportunity for other men battling the disease. Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed "courageous conversations", the organization provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.

Phil Cox, a past participant and now a fishing buddy, shared his experience with the organization and why it is so life changing for those that are fighting cancer. Brett Prettyman is hosting the spring bash fundraising event tonight at Cafe Trio in Cottonwood Heights from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and participate.

The group has two retreats scheduled in Utah this year: Falcon`s Ledge in Altamont June 6-8 and White`s Ranch in Paradise, October 3-5. More than 300 men have been served in Utah and the group has over 100 active volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer, sign someone up for a retreat, or provide financial support go to