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Reel Recovery - Midwest


My name is Jeremy Southworth and I am the Midwest Coordinator for Reel Recovery.  Reel Recovery is a non-profit organization that conducts free retreats for men living with all forms of cancer.  Reel Recovery has been conducting Midwest Retreats in La Crosse, WI  serving participants from WI, MN,  IL and IA since 2012 by providing  3-days of fly-fishing instruction and guided "Courageous conversations" to men battling cancer at no cost to the participants.  These retreats give the participating men the opportunity to share their stories, learn the art of fly-fishing and to form a bond with men experiencing some of the same hardships that they are. 


Reel Recovery was formed in 2003 by a group of fly-fisherman in honor of their friend Stewart "Stu" Brown who was battling brain cancer.  They witnessed the benefits of fly-fishing for Stu during his treatment process with cancer and decided to start an organization that would provide the same opportunity for other men battling cancer.


The mission of Reel Recovery is to help men in the cancer recovery process by introducing them to the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive environment to explore their personal experiences of cancer with others who share their stories. 


I humbly ask that you consider sharing our information with anyone who you feel would benefit from attending our FREE retreat.  The 2019 Midwest Retreat will take place on September 4, 5, 6th


If you have any questions or would like more information please feel free to contact me.  You can also visit reelrecovery.org for more information.  


If you have time or would like there is a short 10-minute video that does a very good job of explaining the beginning of Reel Recovery, who we are and what we do.  Thank you for your time and I look forward to hosting our next retreat in September!  





Jeremy Southworth

Midwest Coordinator - Reel Recovery

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Hey Jeremy, 


My name is Kait and I'm writing as my sister and I are in search for support with our dad. He was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer in July 2017. He finished chemo and radiation in Sept 2017 at Huntsman Cancer Institute (amazing place!) and then moved in with me in LA to get a second opinion on an esophagectomy. We received a really negative / terrifying one back at Huntsman. Knowing that it was really our only option to keep him alive, we proceeded with the surgery in Feb 2018 at USC. He was in the ICU and other rehab programs for 42 days prior to being discharged where he lived with me for 8 more months. Feeding tubes, collapsed lung, depression, anger, breakdowns, denial, physical and emotional pain all on top of bi-polar disorder. 

We moved out to the Midwest to get more support from our family (it's me and my sister with divorced parents that both have cancer). We're doing our best to divide and conquer while empowering them to fight and live for themselves. To say it's been a rollercoaster would be a vast understatement. 


We're currently struggling with next steps. He's happy he went through with the procedure as he's alive and can now see his 20 month old granddaughter grow up - So lucky to have this 2nd chance. But he's angry and hopeless. Rightfully so. My sister and I are tapped out and need help. We're hoping to find a case manager or personal assistant that can help us navigate his next steps (finding lodging, support groups, activities to find purpose, etc). We've been trying to do this for him for 2 years and are finding it difficult to maintain the drive among such toxic negativity, provide hope and have enough energy to continue searching while trying to balance our own lives. 


At this moment we’re working at raising money or finding funding for an intensive EMDR treatment in early December. After that he wants to move back to the SW where his soul is fed and it’s warmer :)


Curious if your program, you personally or your network could be helpful in us finding some support? 


We appreciate your time in advance. 


Thanks so much, 

Kait (and Chel) 

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