Post to Forum

RealSelf and WLSFA $1000 Giveaway Contest: Terms and Conditions

  • 1 year ago

By sharing your WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) story, you will be entered to win $500. RealSelf will also match this amount and donate $500 to the WLSFA (Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America).

In order to confirm your entry you will need to complete a review and share your WLS journey on To get started, please click on the link below.

Once you have completed the review and received your confirmation email, you will be entered into the price draw.

Please note: The contest begins 10:00am PST on Friday, May 10th, 2013 and all entries must be received by 5pm PST on Saturday, May 18th, 2013.


1.  Who Is Eligible To Enter The Contest?

The RealSelf WLSFA Giveaway (“Contest”) is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry (“You,” “Your,” or “Entrant”). Employees of and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

2.  Who is Sponsoring the Contest? located at 2505 Second Avenue, Suit 505, Seattle, WA 98121, USA (“Sponsor,” “RealSelf” or “We”).

3.  What Is The Contest Period?

The Contest begins on May 10, 2013 at 1000 PST and ends on May 18, 2013 at 1700 PST (the “Contest Period”). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified.  Entries will be accepted for the duration of the Contest.

4.  How Can I Enter The Contest?

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  To enter the Contest, visit the Contest website at: during the Contest Period and follow the instructions that appear on the entry form.  Entrants must submit a true, first-person experience as a patient receiving any of the following surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve, or Duodenal Switch.
In order to enter the Contest, you must register for a free user account on and complete and submit a review form on the Contest website detailing a true, first-person experience as a patient receiving any of the following weight loss surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve or Duodenal Switch.  After submitting your entry form, you will receive a confirmation email.
Only entries that meet our Community Guidelines: and the above requirements will be eligible for the Contest.

RealSelf only accepts one (1) entry per person.
RealSelf is not responsible for entries not received for any reason, or for entries that RealSelf receives but are not decipherable for any reason.

RealSelf will automatically disqualify: (1) any incomplete or illegible entry; (2) any entries RealSelf receives from an entrant that is in excess of the entry limit described above and (3) any entries that do not meet RealSelf’s Community Guidelines.

All entries will be published on, in a public forum, and cannot be removed once they are submitted.

5.   When Is the Prize Drawing?

On or about May 18, 2013, between 1700 PST and 2100 PST one (1) entry will be chosen, at random, from the eligible entries, using a random number generator.

6.  What Are the Odds of Winning?

The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received by RealSelf.

7. How Is The Winner Notified?

The potential winner will be notified by email. The potential winner will be required to complete, electronically sign and submit an Affidavit of Eligibility/Compliance and Liability/Publicity Release within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize. If the potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to submit the Affidavit of Eligibility/Compliance and Liability/Publicity Release within the required time period (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize.  Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, RealSelf will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. The prize will be fulfilled any time up to10 weeks after the conclusion of the Contest.
If you accept the prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.

8.  What is the Prize?

The Grand Prize is a check for $500.00.

9.  What Are The Other Conditions To Entering the Contest?

Participation in the Contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules (“Official Rules”) and the decisions of RealSelf, which are final and binding. Winning the prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.
All entries become the property of and are subject to RealSelf’s Terms of Service and other applicable policies.  All entries will be published on, in a public forum, and cannot be removed once they are submitted.
Information collected from entrants is subject to RealSelf’s privacy policy.
If you accept a prize, then RealSelf may use your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

10.  Release and Limitations of Liability.

By entering this Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless RealSelf, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Contest or any prize won.  Further, you waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages arising from or in connection with this Contest or any prize won.

11.  Intellectual Property Rights.

You retain ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to your entry.   However, as a condition of entry, you grant RealSelf a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display your entry for any purpose, including display on the RealSelf’s website, without any attribution or compensation to you. Entries will not be returned.

12.  Right to Modify, Cancel or Disqualify.

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, RealSelf reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. RealSelf further reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest or RealSelf’s website. Any attempt by an Entrant to deliberately damage any web site, including the RealSelf’s website, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, RealSelf reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.

13.  What Laws Govern the Contest and What Happens If There Is a Dispute?

This Contest and the Official Rules are governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Contest or the Official Rules.

14.  How Can You Found Out Who Won?

RealSelf will post the name of the winner who received the $500 prize online at for one month after May 18, 2013.