In 1975, at the age of ten years old, Gary Klausner was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis– a life threatening disease with an average life expectancy of 16 years old at the time. For the past 45 years, he has faced every challenge head on with his “Never Say Never” attitude and has been an inspirational and motivational force to all who have met him. At the age of 33, Gary left his six day old twin boys and wife to move to North Carolina to be waitlisted for a Double Lung Transplant at Duke University Hospital, not knowing if he would ever see them again. Since receiving his Double Lung Transplant in 1998 – Gary’s mission has been to spread the word about Organ Donation and Cystic Fibrosis. He has been featured on several television shows including: “Bravo TV Channel – Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, The Discovery Health Channel – “Beating the Odds” and News 12 Long Island.
In addition, he has been honored by several organizations and companies including the Boomer Esiason Foundation and Genetech’s “Heroes of Hope” award for his courage and inspirational achievements.
In his profession, Gary is consistently recognized as a national top performer in medical sales winning multiple achievement awards.