PRESS RELEASE — Thursday, May 23, 2013
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           or Bob Evancho at 373-7369

New OUTDOOR IDAHO Highlights Stories of People With Illnesses, Injuries Who Gain Respite Outdoors

— Airs Thursday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

A new OUTDOOR IDAHO highlights stories of people with serious illnesses and injuries who receive solace, strength and healing from the natural world on trips organized by Idaho nonprofit organizations.

The new episode, called “Nature’s Healing Power,” airs Thursday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT, and repeats Sunday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT on Idaho Public Television.

Producer Marcia Franklin spends time with participants at two fly-fishing retreats for cancer patients, where fellowship is as important as fishing. She also joins children with cancer and their families on a river outing, and female veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder at a mountain lake.

“I’m interested in transformative moments,” says Franklin. “We can often access those moments when we’re out in nature, away from the stresses of our daily lives. When you combine an outdoor retreat with the support of others going through the similar situation, it’s very powerful, healing and inspiring.”

The groups profiled include Reel Recovery for men, whose retreats are in the Copper Basin of central Idaho, and Casting for Recovery for women, on a ranch outside of Challis. Also featured is River Discovery, which offers children with cancer and their families a respite from the worries of cancer on a daylong trip down the Payette River. And Higher Ground Sun Valley helps female veterans gain confidence and share camaraderie during a weeklong adventure at Pettit Lake.