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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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    Saturday, May 20 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    YouTube Panel

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    Whether you’re at the beginning of your WLS journey or years out from your goal, support from the WLS community is a key to long term success.   Unfortunately, many of us don’t have access to local support groups, or we can’t take time out of our hectic work and life schedules…and in the digital age we don’t have to.

    For the last five years, the online WLS Community had created tens of thousands of hours of videos on YouTube.  This allows you to stay accountable, supported and connected.  Whether you’re watching/listening in the gym, while you’re commuting, or late at night after the hectic day is done, the YouTube community is there 24 x 7.

    Come join our panel of ladies who represent all stages of the post-surgery process.  Learn all the benefits of leveraging the YouTube community and how you can be a part of it.

    avatar for Phil Olsen

    Phil Olsen

    Phil Olsen is a single father of a son and a daughter and an IT Project Manager by trade. After a life time of obesity and dieting, he chose to have Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in July of 2013 as a last ditch effort. He went on to lose 122 lbs. in less than a year and con... Read More →

    avatar for Lauren Dayton

    Lauren Dayton

    Lauren Dayton had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery in August of 2013 after yo-yo dieting for the majority of her life. Her final straw came in December 2012 when she decided she was done making New Years resolutions to lose weight and yet never being able to keep it off; in he... Read More →
    avatar for Tanya O'Rourke

    Tanya O'Rourke

    Tanya O'Rourke is a native of New Orleans, LA, wife and mother of two. After years of yo-yo dieting, she chose to have the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in November 2011 and went on to lose about 110 pounds within the first nine months. She documented her weight loss surgery journey on her YouTube channel, vsgtanya2011, with weekly updates on food choices, fitness and the mental challenges that came along with the weight loss. She also documented her plastic surgery (abdominoplasty) on YouTube, which she had in November 2013 and a revision in December... Read More →
    avatar for Jane Ott

    Jane Ott

    Jane Ott is a Pacific Northwest native who spent her entire life struggling with her weight. Her lifetime of dieting started in the 4th grade. She’s tried just about every diet. From HCG injections to weight watchers, Jane had tried it all. She decided to get the ultimate tool of VSG to take control of her health and her life. Jane had VSG surgery in Tijuana, Mexico in March of 2016. In 2016, Jane lost 109 pounds. She documents her weight loss on the YouTube channel, See Jane Shrink... Read More →
    avatar for Angela Rodela

    Angela Rodela

    A self-described desert dweller, dog lover, and day dreamer – Angela Rodela hails from Phoenix, Arizona where someone pays her to manage a brand.  Overweight since birth and feeling like her life was a series of failed diets and exercise plans, she finally figured out that surgery would be the best tool for her and had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in June of 2016... Read More →

    Saturday May 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Broadway III Plaza Level