The Future of the OAC is YOU – Stand with Us!

It’s been a very exciting month for us at the OAC as we have been reflecting on the past 10 years, and celebrating the growth of the organization. In planning for our 10 year anniversary, it was extremely important to us that we bring it back to those who have made it possible for our organization to reach such success: our members and supporters. We’ve seen our membership grow from our first member (Joe) to more than 50,000 nationwide. We have seen success beyond our wildest dreams in advocacy, fighting weight bias, providing education and more. None of this would have been possible without the people.

Ten years ago, there really wasn’t an organization solely dedicated to representing individuals with obesity. Of course we had fantastic partners who provided other types of support for those with obesity, but in the way of patient advocacy there was no one standing up on the federal, state or local level for the individuals affected. It didn’t quite make sense; there were advocacy groups for every other disease state, but no group for those with the disease that impacts more than two-thirds of the United States.

That is why, in honor of our 10 year anniversary, we decided to recommit ourselves to the cause and to all the individuals we serve each and every day. It’s somewhat symbolic that our organization started with one legislator standing up in a meeting and identifying the dire need for an organization representing individuals with obesity – because the OAC has since been that organization STANDING UP for those affected by the disease.

But we know that without our members and supporters, we would have no leg to “stand on.” Without all of you, we would not have seen nearly the amount of progress for the cause of obesity that we can proudly say we’ve seen throughout the past 10 years. So as we pledge to continue to stand up for not only our members, but the 93 million Americans affected by obesity, we recognize that we can’t do it alone. We need YOU to STAND with us!

We have more than 50,000 members. Imagine all of us standing together: fighting weight bias, raising our voices in advocacy, sharing valuable education and spreading the OAC’s mission and core values of elevating and empowering others. How powerful is that image? This is the image I see when I look at our 10 Year Anniversary pledge. I get goosebumps thinking of more than 50,000 people saying, “Yes! I know the OAC stands for me, and I stand with the OAC!”

We WILL continue to be that organization fighting for a world free of weight bias, where individuals are treated with dignity and respect and where those who are affected CAN access safe and effective treatment options, if they so choose. Now we ask you, to STAND WITH THE OAC.

Do you believe this world we are striving for CAN and WILL exist? Do you believe in the fair and equal treatment for all individuals? Do you believe that everyone deserves to be elevated and empowered? If you answered yes to any of these questions, sign our pledge and let us know that you stand with us! We talk about building momentum for the future, but this momentum won’t exist without your support. YOU are the future of the OAC! Ten years is great, but think of how much change we can effect in the next 10 DECADES!

In celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we would like to give you an opportunity to make that impact on our future and directly contribute to the momentum we need. We are proud to announce the launch of our $10 Membership Campaign and to unveil our 10 Year Anniversary Fund. Both of these opportunities are absolutely vital to the OAC’s future.

In building momentum for the future, our membership gives us that strong voice we need to stand up for everything we believe in and to fight for a better world for individuals with obesity. In celebration of 10 years of the OAC, we are proud to offer Individual Membership at a discounted rate of just $10 through the remainder of 2015! You can either join the OAC for the first time or renew your existing membership at this discounted rate. Either way, this is your chance to personally raise your voice or let us represent your voice through our efforts.

You can also help us build momentum for the future with your financial support. The reality is that as a charity, we greatly rely on the generous support of individuals who have a passion and desire to see progress for the cause of obesity. We have established the 10 Year Anniversary Fund, a fund dedicated specifically to give you a way to financially contribute to our ongoing mission-oriented efforts and ensure the OAC’s existence lives on for decades to come. I invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to the OAC through our 10 Year Anniversary Fund and be an active part in contributing to our momentum for a better world for individuals with obesity.

Thank you for standing with us and for making it possible for the OAC to stand strong as the leading organization for individuals with obesity. We will forever be grateful for every single member and supporter who has added their name to the cause and helped us grow to be the powerful organization we are today!

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