Fly Fishing Retreat for Women Cancer Survivors is This Weekend
March 13, 2007

Richard L. Cameron
(478) 301-5500

Macon — Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Casting for Confidence retreat for women in recovery from cancer.  Mercer University School of Medicine and the Georgia Women Fly Fishers are teaming up again this year to offer the retreat in Forsyth.  It takes place on Saturday, April 28.  The retreat is offered to cancer survivors and patients who are beginning to resume normal physical activity. There is no charge to attend.

"Participants from previous years will be returning to bring along a fellow survivor," said Dr. Janet Piskurich, assistant professor, Mercer University School of Medicine, who is one of the organizers of the event.

Among the other organizers of the event is Georgia Women Fly Fisher’s member Wanda Taylor, the first woman to be certified as a master fly-casting instructor by the Federation of Fly Fishers. "It's wonderful to see these women forget about their illness and focus on the day's activities," she said. "They really begin to focus on the moment and enjoy their time outdoors."

The retreat begins with introductions and an overview at 8:30 a.m. Participants are divided into groups and rotate through sessions on fly casting and fly tying. After lunch, they have time to attend sessions covering various aspects of recovery.  In the afternoon, each participant will also be given a one-hour guided fly fishing session. An awards dinner concludes the retreat.
Space is limited. To register or obtain additional information, contact Janet Piskurich at (478) 301-4035 or e-mail her at piskurich_j@mercer.edu.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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