Weight Loss Surgery Grant Eleven Awarded to Ronda Bauwens


Updated pictures from Ronda! We are so happy to see the wonderful progress Ronda has made and to learn about all the new and

wonderful improvements Ronda has had with her health and life. Congratulations Ronda, We are very proud and happy for you.

Ronda Befor & Now 2014

11th Grant Recipient Ronda Bowens

  11th Grant Recipient Ronda Bauwens


Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Hamilton

Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Hamilton

On October 28th the WLSFA Board of Directors approved funding of a grant for weight loss surgery for Ronda Bauwens of Lenexa, Kansas. Ronda will have surgery with Dr. Gerald Brice Hamilton of the Bariatric Center of Kansas City http://www.kcbariatric.com Ronda had worked tirelessly for several years to obtain the funds needed for surgery. After the passing of both parents to the disease of obesity, Ronda’s fight intensified. Ronda has never given up, even in the face of extreme loss where many would have given up all hope. We are thrilled to be able to help Ronda realize her dream of regaining her health and changing her life path. We are proud of Ronda’s determination and look forward to her journey and role as Ambassador for the WLSFA.”~ Antonia Namnath CEO and Founder of the WLSFA

In Ronda’s own words:
“After seeing my Parents struggle with obesity for years with an end result in their death last November and December, I then realized I MUST do something! I was following in the same path as them and after several diets that failed, I knew I couldn’t lose the weight on my own nor the battle. I have tried for the past three years to get the funds for weight loss surgery and like many, my insurance didn’t cover it. Thanks to the WLSFA, I can now live a healthier more vibrant life, one my parents would have wanted me to live.”- Ronda Bauwens

About Dr. Gerald Brice Hamilton:
Dr. Hamilton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1993 from Transylvania University, and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed all of his post graduate training from 1997 to 2002 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This included Internship, Residency and serving as Chief Resident in General Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons Dr. Hamilton has been accomplished in General Surgery and Bariatric surgery for the past 10 years. He has practiced in Tennessee from 2002 to 2005 and Indiana from 2005 to 2012, where he served as Chief of Surgery form 2008 to 2010. Prior to returning to the Kansas City area, he also founded bariatric programs for Horizon Medical Center and Clark Memorial Hospital. Excited to be back in the Kansas City area and becoming a vital part of KC Bariatrics, Dr. Hamilton is enthusiastic about providing caring support for his patients. Whether through advanced procedures or the healthy lifestyle changes necessary; successful weight loss needs a multifaceted approach that he and KC Bariatrics provide to help ensure patients a lifetime of success.

Ronda’s surgery will be performed before the end of this year. We will post updates as they become available. If you would like to help the WLSFA fund more grants please consider the following:
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Join a local chapter: http://www.wlsfa.org/chapters/
Volunteer: http://www.wlsfa.org/how-to-help/volunteer/

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