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Striving to bring awareness of obesity and the desperate need for life-saving surgeries.
Donations and participation in our annual events help save lives, one grant at a time.
Working to save lives, we thrive together.
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The WLSFA brings hope to those afflicted with the disease of obesity through raising funds to provide weight loss surgeries for those who are in need – changing lives from barely surviving to thriving!
2021 Grant Recipients
“I’m 42 years old, was born in Billings Montana and have lived here my whole life. In high school my dads job moved us down to southern Utah for two years but we made it back to Billings. I am blessed to have a beautiful wife and three great daughters. My daughters are 15, 13, and 11.
I live for the outdoors, hiking, hunting, fishing, and just being in the country. Luckily my family loves the outdoors as well and enjoys hiking, camping, and all three of my daughters go hunting with me. Something I feel so lucky to have.
I work for a company out of Iowa, called Boyt Harness. It’s a hunting company that’s been around since 1901. Another blessing I have in my life.
I was born a big kid and have always been on the bigger side. In high school I wrestled 215 but was pretty trim. Naturally just a big guy. At the 215 mark my stomach was flat and you could see my muscles. Even after high school I would go out hunting and many days I would walk 15-20 miles a day many days in a row. Over time I gained some weight here and there and as most guys most of it came after my wife and I started having kids.
In 2008 I sustained a major back injury and my weight skyrocketed. At my peak I weighed 384 pounds. I still went out hunting and hiking but it was hard and hurt all the time. Mentally I could just push through it to a point but it wasn’t as fun as it once was. Still my love for the outdoors drew me out there but still I wasn’t happy. I think unknowably I ate because food brought me a little joy.
I would go on diets and try and lose weight. I was successful, but something would stop me from working out and my mind would give up. I never seemed to be able to keep the weight off. My back would give out and would not let me workout most of the time. It was a vicious cycle with chronic pain, weight gain, which lead to depression. I always felt my weight was out of my control during this time. I think this is something people don’t understand, is the mental side of being overweight. It’s not just as simple as “Don’t pick up the doughnut.” It runs deeper than that.
My highest weight was 384, and my surgery weight was 374, on March 3rd. As of mid- June I am sitting right around 300 pounds. So a total lost of 84 pounds in three and a half months. My hope is to get down to 200 pounds a total of 184 pounds. I think if I can get there and get my back in a good place I will be able to fulfill a life long dream of hunting wild sheep. Something that takes being in great shape and mentally tough, something my weight loss surgery will allow me to do. I feel blessed to be able to hunt for high quality protein especially with the strict diet I have after my surgery.”
I have always fought with my weight all of my life. I was always teased for being a big kid and guy all of my school time and later in life.
I have been trying to get weight loss surgery for 9 years.
I tried borrowing money, but I could only do a car loan for 1200, tried to do the medical loan and was denied, and I only have my elderly mother and father who are on fixed incomes. I have been unable to work due to medical issues and have been denied 4 times for disability. So all of our household bills, medical bills etc are all taken care of by my wife working, trying to cover all of our expenses and her medical issues, we can’t come up the copay for the surgery.
If I was approved for a grant to pay for the surgery copay it would be life changing. It would allow me to changed my life to lose weight. It would greatly help the daily pain I am in as well. Having the weight off would be just mind blowing!
My support system is definitely my wife. She is my life. Her family, my mother in law brother in law are completely behind me and able to help, talk, listen when it is needed. I also have joined several support groups on facebook, and we talk about everything.
I plan to succeed with this surgery as it is my life. I need to have this, I am at a point in my life that I am at my biggest, I feel so much pain. I need to have a change in my life. This is my one shot at a better life.
I want to let people know no matter where they are in their life, there are still opportunities. You are never to old or too big!
WLSFA National Conference in Las Vegas 2022
The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA.ORG) invites you to join us at the Westin Lake Las Vegas March 11-13th, 2022. Your participation at this annual fundraiser allows the WLSFA to make a difference in the lives of people with no access to the medical treatment with the need to overcome the disease of obesity. The money raised at this event will fund grants and save lives! Together we can look forward to an event that will be life changing for attendees and those that benefit from the gathering most – our Grant Recipients. More Details
The greatest source of hope and help comes from the compassion of people who themselves were hostage to the diseases of morbid obesity.
Almost one year ago Jill Calhoun was searching for financial help to get life saving bariatric surgery. She found the WLSFA and was instructed she...