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Diva Taunia runs her first-ever 5K to raise funds and awareness for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. Even if I have to be dragged caveman-style by my hair across the finish-line, I promise to complete this & raise funds for the WLSFA!

As many of you may know, I had gastric bypass surgery on 3/25/08 and have lost over 160 lbs. This surgery has completely changed my life in every way imagineable.  I was lucky enough to have this procedure covered by my insurance, and it breaks my heart that other morbidly obese people who suffer daily with co-morbidities are being denied over and over again for a surgery that could dramatically improve their quality of life.

In April of 2010, I signed on as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America.  I am honored to be part of this foundation, and this is a way for me to give back to the community that helped support me through my weight loss journey (and that continues to support me and keep me on track).

During my first year and half, I was also quite ill with a life-threatening kidney condition.  Unable to exercise while in and out of the hospital, I fell into a rut and have been lucky enough to maintain my weight loss despite my lack of exercise. 

I have long wanted to train for and complete a 5K race, but have found it difficult to keep with it and be motivated.  Organizing this fundraiser is a way for me to be accountable and to commit to a cause while focusing on maintaining my health and moving my body.  I may not be able to run (fingers crossed!) the entire race, but come hell or highwater, even if I have to be pulled caveman-style by my hair across the finish line, I WILL complete this race!  This is my promise to the weight loss surgery and obesity community and it's supporters.

I am running on Thursday, July 29th in the Westford Academy Summer Race Series:  100% of all the funds raised will be sent directly to The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America upon my completion of the race.

Now, I know a lot of people, and I love you all.  If everyone can donate even a small amount, we can raise a lot of money and help raise awareness, resources, and possibly even more for someone suffering witih morbid obesity right now.  Everyone knows someone who suffers from morbid obesity.  This is your opportunity to help the people you love.  Please donate today!  ♥


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