Posted: Sep 15, 2012 6:49 PM by Laura Wilson - KPAX/KAJ News
Updated: Sep 15, 2012 6:58 PM
WEST GLACIER- A group of Montana breast cancer survivors are determined not to let their disease keep them from living life to the fullest.
Saturday and Sunday, they're getting the opportunity toreceive some free cancer treatment, while also enjoying the great outdoors.
About a dozen women in various stages of breast cancer treatment--were invited to northwest Montana's second annual Casting for Recovery retreat.
The retreat offers counseling and educational services to the women, but the women also learn to heal through fly fishing. Local experts and guides have volunteered their time to teach the women how to fish.
Breast cancer survivor Janet Pepos, a Bigfork resident, said the outdoor activity reminds them that there can be life after a cancer diagnosis.
"It's kind of like a new outlook on life. You appreciate things more," Pepos said. "Here we live--why not enjoy all this beauty that we live in. It's god's country and we got a second chance so we're doing what we can."
The women will test out their new fly fishing skills tomorrow during a guided trip down the Flathead River.