Casting for Recovery: Clarinda Calling Thunder
(Dubois, Wyo) – Clarinda Calling Thunder was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the Fall of 2007, following a routine mammogram. After moving to Utah in 2008 to decrease drive times to treatment sessions and undergoing intensive treatment for years, Clarinda’s doctors eventually concluded that she was Cancer free. Clarinda moved back to Lander, Wyoming in 2012.
After spending 8 years Cancer-Free, Clarinda was selected to participate in the 2017 fly fishing retreat organized by Casting for Recovery (CFR), a group that organizes fly-fishing retreats for women who have or are currently battling Breast Cancer. According to the CFR website, the motion of fly casting helps to promote soft tissue stretching. The group also aims to provide supportive environments for those affected by Breast Cancer to feel supported by people who’ve gone through similar experiences and explore new outlets for everyday stress relief in that same supportive environment.
Clarinda told County 10 that every day when she and the other women in her group returned to their rooms, they found gifts on their beds and were eventually gifted the fly fishing gear they had used over the weekend along with a large supply of handmade flys made and donated by local fly fishing enthusiasts.
Clarinda said that she is planning a fishing trip soon to take advantage of her new skill and expressed the utmost gratitude toward being selected to participate in the program. Clarinda is one of three Fremont County women that were selected to participate in this year’s retreat which took place near Dubois, Wyoming.