February Staff Spotlight: David Caravella


David Caravella

Classroom Coordinator; Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning

David has always been an avid outdoorsman appreciating both hunting and fishing.  After his own battle with cancer, David has found a passion that pairs his love of the outdoors, with his desire to help others cope with their cancer recovery.  In 2010, David became the first Missouri Coordinator for Reel Recovery, a program that introduces men in the cancer recovery process to the healing powers of sport fly-fishing, while providing  a safe, supportive environment to explore their personal experiences with other men who can relate through their own cancer stories (www.reelrecoverymo.org).

After attending an Arkansas Reel Recovery retreat in 2008, David realized the vital role the organization played for men with cancer and soon began volunteering. In 2010, he was asked to serve in the volunteer position of Reel Recovery’s Missouri Coordinator, a position he was honored to accept. David made a commitment to organize and fund raise to bring annual Reel Recovery retreats to Missouri.  David states, “there is no charge for the three-day retreat held in Rockbridge, MO and we not only serve men in our State, but also Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia. We welcome any man who currently has cancer or is in remission.”

Reel Recovery was founded in 2003 by a group of avid fly-fishers, inspired by their fishing buddy’s ongoing battle with brain cancer. Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing provided their friend, they

2012 Retreat, Rockbridge, MO
2012 Retreat, Rockbridge, MO

created Reel Recovery to provide the same opportunity for other men battling the disease. Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations”, the organization provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.

For his passion, inspiration and leadership in community involvement we are pleased to recognize David Caravella as the February 2014 Public Affairs Staff Spotlight!

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3 Responses to February Staff Spotlight: David Caravella

  1. Thank you for this honor and for assisting in getting the word out about the Reel Recovery program. We currently have a few spots available for our April 2014 Missouri retreat. If you are, or know of a man who has, or has had cancer that could benefit from attending one of our retreats please contact me.

    Be Well! Fish On!

  2. Stan Golub says:

    Thank you for honoring Dave for his work with Reel Recovery. Dozens of men with cancer have benefited from our healing program thanks to Dave’s tireless efforts on their behalf. He has been a stalwart volunteer for us, an exemplary leader who inspires us with his dedication, enthusiasm, and most of all, his caring, generous heart.

    Stan Golub, Executive Director, Reel Recovery

  3. It is a real pleasure working with Dave in serving these men with cancer. His tireless enthusiasm and dedication has already made a positive impact on many lives, with many more to come. Thank you for honoring such a great person.

    Debbie McKinney, Program Director for Reel Recovery