Memorial Planned To Commemorate Passing Of Overeaters Anonymous Founder

February 20, 2014

RIO RANCHO, N.M., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Overeaters Anonymous is saddened to announce the recent passing of beloved founder, Rozanne S., at the age of 84. Rozanne was a visionary whose compassion for and understanding of the emotional and physical challenges faced by compulsive eaters have touched people around the world for 54 years.

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Rozanne’s journey to bring help and hope to those struggling with compulsive overeating began in Los Angeles, California, at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting in 1958. She attended with a friend who was in need, but ended up finding salvation herself at the twelve-step meeting. She realized she wasn’t “wicked or sinful” but that she had a disease, and it had a name: compulsive overeating. Unfortunately, no groups existed for compulsive overeaters at that time. In desperation she returned to the Gamblers Anonymous meeting where the leader encouraged her to start her own twelve-step program for those dealing with the disease. That began her 54 year history with Overeaters Anonymous. She leaves an enduring legacy that will continue to inspire and heal those who still suffer.

The Los Angeles Intergroup of OA (a partnership of groups located within the Los Angeles area) has organized a memorial service. The service will be held Sunday, March 2(nd) at 2:00 p.m. at the Veteran’s Park Teen Center, 4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA. Members who knew Rozanne will share stories of the early days of OA. All members are encouraged to attend and share their personal stories as well. If members are unable to attend, but would like to honor Rozanne’s passing, the family has asked that donations be made to Overeaters Anonymous in her memory. Donations, accepted from OA members only, can be made via the web at 50447.thankyou4caring.org (please select Rozanne S. Memorial in the drop down menu.) Donations can also be made by contacting the OA World Service Office at 505-891-2664, or by mail at P.O. Box 44020, Rio Rancho, NM 87174.

For more information or to be put in contact with an OA representative, please call Tina Carroll at (636) 328-0216 or email her at media@oa.org.

About Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. (OA), is a non-profit organization with the goal of supporting its members as they seek recovery from compulsive eating behaviors. OA welcomes anyone with an eating disorder ranging from anorexia to binge-eating at any of its more than 6,500 OA group meetings worldwide. Through its worldwide fellowship, OA has found a solution to the problems arising from compulsive eating. Over fifty years after its founding, today OA serves over 60,000 members in nearly 80 countries. For more information, go to www.oa.org.

Contact: Tina Carroll

SOURCE Overeaters Anonymous World Service Office

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