Hope on the Rise

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”
– John Buchan

Hope on the Rise offers free weekend fly fishing retreats to women at any stage, and with any type of cancer. Our mission is to provide women cancer survivors an opportunity to join other women in learning to fly fish, while finding hope and healing in a safe, natural environment.


I could not have imagined a more perfect experience…or how it would fortify me for months to come. Healing laughter, a time out, being present with so many strong and vibrant women…restored my spirit. I still draw strength from my weekend with the HOTR staff (and participants)…and have never met women more devoted to their cause and supportive of each other. Thank you Hope on the Rise…your gift to me, my soul and my family was immeasurable. Read More

In June of 2013 I was fortunate enough to attend Hope on the Rise as a fly-fishing guide for their spring retreat in Pittsburg, NH. I was immediately struck by not only the gratitude of the women participating, but the grace with which the organizers navigated such a delicate and meaningful mission. Cancer has affected all of us, whether as survivors ourselves, or because we have loved and lost family and friends to this terrible disease. Hope on the Rise isn’t just about fly fishing; it’s about building a community, a support network, and sharing experiences both joyful and harrowing with people who can sympathize with your struggle, whatever it may currently be.

Corey Lawson, Volunteer

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kind and unending generosity. I found a peace that has been missing for a long time. Because you took the time to care and helped us laugh and taught us to fly fish, I can move into this phase of recovery with a great deal more strength and pleasure. I’ve been to the river and it was good.

Anonymous, Past Participant

I am still floating on the most remarkable, nurturing, fun, loving weekend. I feel privileged and blessed to have been a part of the Hope on the Rise weekend. It filled my heart and made me remember how very important the fellowship of women is in my life. The added bonus is that I am hooked on fly fishing! I can’t wait to get back out there. I thank you all for touching my life. I am a better person for the time I spent with you.

Anonymous, Past Participant