Our August AFFTA Member of the Month is Whitney Milhoan, the Executive Director of Casting for Recovery. Here’s what Whitney had to say about CfR, fishing and life in Montana.
What is Casting for Recovery?
Casting for Recovery is a nonprofit that utilizes the outdoors – specifically fly fishing – to encourage physical and emotional healing for women with breast cancer. We offer 2.5 day retreats that combine an introduction to fly fishing with medical education and peer support. The program was founded 22 years ago by a group of women in Vermont. This year, we’ll host 55 retreats nationwide, serving nearly 800 women, at no cost to the participants.
My sister Hilary learned to fly fish when we were in junior high school in the Flathead Valley. She and I really fell in love with fishing in highschool, and both went on to guide for Glacier Anglers/Glacier Raft Co for many years. My best days are on the river, and what keeps me involved today is introducing that magic to my kids. Hahaha, just kidding. It’s not about my kids at all, I just really, really like catching fish.
Favorite place to fish?
Middle Fork of the Flathead River, Montana.
How has AFFTA membership benefitted you?
There are two things I love most about Casting for Recovery’s AFFTA membership. The first is community. AFFTA has done an incredible job of building strong relationships within the fishing industry. These relationships go beyond industry contacts; AFFTA members truly get to know one another and support each other. Second, AFFTA has become my go-to for staying informed and getting involved in important issues impacting our sport and our environment. This has been a huge help in trying to navigate policy, crucial environmental and access issues, and what we can do to help.
What’s one thing you wish AFFTA members knew about your business?
Casting for Recovery runs entirely on donations. So many AFFTA members have been supportive of our mission, so I’d really just like to relay a huge, heartfelt thank you. Not cheesy, I mean it!
When you’re not in the office, what are you most likely to be found doing?
When I’m not in the office I’m chasing my family down ski slopes, up mountains, and through cold, clear streams.