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The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA.ORG) invites you to join us in Portland Oregon! Your participation at this annual fundraiser allows the WLSFA to make a difference in the lives of people with no access to the medical treament they need to overcome the disease of obesity. Dollars raised at this event fund grants and saves lives! We anticipate the largest gathering of weight loss surgery patients ever assembled. Together we can look forward to an event that will be life changing for attendees and those that benefit from the gathering our grant recipients!



  • Friday Night Opening Reception & MAD Hatters Weird Tea Party
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    Friday, May 19 • 10:00am - 10:45am
    How to Get Involved with the WLSFA Through Chapters & Other Creative Ways

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    The WLSFA is Making a Difference.  We are more than a yearly event.  Come find out what we are doing throughout the year and how you might be more involved.

    We will be talking about the WLSFA National Chapter program as well as discussing creative ways to raise funds and get the WLSFA more recognition.  ALL ideas welcome!

    Wear your WLSFA team shirt from last year and get a special gift!

    avatar for Katie Rice, MBA, M.S.

    Katie Rice, MBA, M.S.

    My name is Katie Rice, I had the gastric sleeve surgery on May 13th 2014 with Dr. Lemaitre. I have battled with obesity my entire life. I was always active in sports but I was always the biggest kid on the team.  Like most of us, I tried all the diets out there and nothing helped. After having my second ACL reconstruction surgery I knew that I had to make a change, and that change was having weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery was the best decision that I have ever made for myself. I have taken this tool and run with it, I have done numerous 5k walks with the Weight Loss Surgery Racers. I have completed a 5k in Disneyland, Boston and Walt Disney World . I would have never imagined planning a trip around 5ks before my WLS. I also have gone back to school to get my second Masters degree in Human Resource Management... Read More →
    avatar for Laura Van Tuyl

    Laura Van Tuyl

    Event Coordinator, WLSFA Executive Board
    Laura serves on the  WLSFA Executive Board (5 yrs) and serves as vp of community relations.  She serves as the event planner for the WLSFA and also directs the national chapter program. She has also provided coordination for the 2014. 2015, and 2016 WLSFA Meet and Greets. | Laura has been involved in the WLS community for over 12 years - leading several support groups and events... Read More →

    Friday May 19, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
    Broadway I & II Plaza Level