Darren King – Grant Recipient – Surgery May 30 2012
UPDATE! Darren’s surgery is complete!!
Darren’s surgery took one hour. Dr. Steven Simper reported all had gone well to WLSFA President Mr. Jeff Haaga who was at the St Marks Hospital to document this special event! Darren was up and walking just 5 hours after his Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery. Everyone in the WLS Community welcomes Darren to “The Looser’s Bench” “Today all the volunteers,donors and supporters of the WLSFA are all smiles, we work very hard all year long to raise the funds to make days like this possible. For Darren this is a new beginning.” – WLSFA Founder Antonia Namnath
As Darren’s surgery date of May 30th draws closer we want to express our gratitude to everyone at Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians, Dr. Steven Simper and St. Marks Hospital. This Grant is by far the most charitable of all as all the members of this amazing medical team contributed to lowering the cost of the grant and made this a truly wonderful experience for all involved. We are excited for Darren and ask you all to support him on his WLS Journey! Darren has begun his Vlog on you tube below is his latest installment. We look forward to many more updates from you Daren as you become the Healthy man you strive to be!
The Executive Committee presented finalist Darren King to the Board of Directors for consideration and he was awarded the first grant for 2012. Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Steven C. Simper of Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians in Salt Lake City Utah, referred his patient to our Grant Program. The surgery will take place in March of this year at Mountain Star St. Mark’s Hospital LINK with Dr. Simper performing the surgery. We will post more about Darren’s story in the weeks to come.
Please go to Darrens You Tube Channel and Subscribe to his videos to show your support! http://www.youtube.com/user/Bariatricboy/videos
In Darren’s own Words:
“Where do I even begin to put into words the gratitude that I feel. I have struggled since the day I submitted my application, as to how I could express it, and make a full impact. As a semi young father my focus has turned from myself to my family. What could I do to ensure my Children, and Wife were happy, healthy, and supported. But as I did this I masked who I felt I was. I have always tried to hide behind something, whether it be my work, or a desk, or in my room. Or pretending that being a good provider would take the focus off of me and my physical appearance. But a my Boys get older, and want Dad to participate in activities, and dad doesn’t want to because I felt tired and fatigued. Going to an amusement park and my boys wonder; Why isn’t Dad coming on the ride? I pretend I’m afraid, or ill, I might get sick, but deep down inside I know it’s because I won’t fit in the seat, and I don’t want to embarrass my family. I have Struggled with weight since after high School. I have known that barring a miracle I would be obese all of my life, and it at some point it would kill me. I have tried all of the Fads, Program diets like Weight Watcher, Atkins, HGC, While they all worked in their own way, I would always gain all of it back plus some. I truly believe in this program, I believe in The Doctor. And I believe in the WLSFA it is truly amazing that a foundation could be so Selfless, and truly care about the people that they are helping. I don’t know that I could ever say anything that would express my feeling towards you. So with that I will simply say Thank you from the bottom of my heart. For allowing me to continue to be Dad, and Husband, and Employee, and now An ambassador for the WLSFA, and I hope that I may have the opportunity to take place in effecting someone else’s life. Thank you for this amazing opportunity, I can’t wait. ~ Darren King”
Updates about our Annual Fundraiser – it’s how we fund these amazing grants!
As we get closer and closer to the Mother of All Meet & Greets, the attendee list is getting more and more exciting!
[/caption]The agenda LINK looks amazing and we have so many wonderful people joining us.
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