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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!

 

 

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    Friday, May 19 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
    Keeping It Real Through The Years After Surgery - 50 Years of Experience Speaking

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    Four Long Term Weight Loss Surgery Peeps  discussing what’s it takes to keep their weight and health in place after that initial loss, when the honey moon is long over and the reality of everyday life is present. Our span is 5 years to over 20 years of successful maintenance.  We’ll have the opportunity for a question and answer session for all present. Please feel free to submit questions beforehand to sandih@wlsfa.org.

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    avatar for Sandi Henderson

    Sandi Henderson

    Board Member, WLSFA
    Sandi Henderson is 66 years old and lives at the beach in Oxnard California. She had LAP- BAND surgery on May 28, 2004 at a starting weight of 424 pounds, losing 250 pounds in a 2 year period. After mentoring patients in her surgeon’s practice Sandi co-authored a book and began... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Alex Brecher

    Alex Brecher

    Exhibitor, BariatricPal
    Alex Brecher is the CEO of BariatricPal. He is the strategic leader and day-to-day decision maker in business, communications and development opportunities. Alex’s tireless dedication to the weight loss surgery community comes from his own personal history. He struggled with his weight his entire life before finding out about the laparoscopic adjustable band (lap-band) from a friend. The lap-band and his new commitment allowed him to lose and keep off... Read More →
    avatar for Colleen M. Cook

    Colleen M. Cook

    President, Speaker, Author, Bariatric Support Centers Intl
    Colleen Cook is a weight-loss surgery patient from 1995. She is the President of Bariatric Support Centers International, a company that since 2000 has specialized in providing long-term education and support services for weight-loss surgery patients and the professionals who serve them. She is also the founder and former chair of the National Support Group Network for Allied Health Sciences, a committee of the American Society for Metabolic... Read More →
    avatar for Sandi Henderson

    Sandi Henderson

    Board Member, WLSFA
    Sandi Henderson is 66 years old and lives at the beach in Oxnard California. She had LAP- BAND surgery on May 28, 2004 at a starting weight of 424 pounds, losing 250 pounds in a 2 year period. After mentoring patients in her surgeon’s practice Sandi co-authored a book and began... Read More →
    avatar for Jodi Oldes

    Jodi Oldes

    I started my journey in December 2011 around 292lbs. On June 27,2012, I had a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I had gotten as low as 132lbs but am most comfortable between 138 to 142lbs. I have had a total loss of 130 lbs.


    Friday May 19, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
    Broadway III & IV Plaza Level