WLSFA's One Year “Surgiversary,” Supporting Weight Loss For All

A. Foley on 24 Aug 2012 at 9:00am

 

Losing weight is hard. You diet, you exercise, you follow all the good advice (and some of the fads) from doctors, friends, and family—and sometimes, it still doesn't work quickly enough. For people who struggle with excess weight that threatens their health, weight loss surgery can be a life-changing experience. But not all insurances cover these spendy procedures, and many patients aren't able to pay out of pocket.

The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA) is out to change that, by raising funds and giving out grants to cover surgery for people who can't afford the help they need.

 

 

What they do

The WLSFA motto is “Tipping the scales in the right direction.” Formed by and for what they term the “WLS community,” which means people who've actually had weight loss surgery and those who support them, the organization offers support for the challenges faced before, during, and after the procedure. They not only help people lose weight, they also work to enhance quality of life and educate the general public about weight loss surgery and those who need it.

This year marks the one-year “surgiversary” of the WLSFA's first grant recipient, Connie Bailey. In a moving video on YouTube, Connie states, “I'd like to thank the WLSFA for giving me this opportunity to be able to have this surgery, and to be able to be living in this body. I am able to get up in the morning and work out and not be in pain, where before [it took] 10 minutes just to get out of bed and walk.”

Since its founding in 2010 by Antonia Namnath (pictured below), the organization has funded seven surgeries

 

 

What you can do

There are plenty of ways to help support the WLSFA. The organization holds meet-and-greets, fundraisers, and other events all across the country, as well as publishing, “Thriving! Triumph Over Trauma: Real Life Stories of Recovery from Obesity.”

We're pleased to add that several RealSelf doctors are joining the cause and donating surgeries for the WLSFA program.

 

How about you—do you know someone who's undergone weight loss surgery, or could be a candidate for the WLSFA program? Share your stories in the comments!