Gary “Yeah Baby” Oakley was born with Cerebral Palsy. He has faced significant life challenges every step of the way. His parents could have set the stage for their son to become overly dependent on them and others, but they didn’t. He could have taken the easy road and given up, but he didn’t.
Instead, Gary has accepted every challenge head-on, becoming stronger and more independent than one might ever imagine. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and went on to a full and productive career. He is now a marathoner having completed five marathons, including the 2010 New York City Marathon. He inspires all that cross his path through his dedication and raw determination to finish what he starts. Gary is also a motivational speaker and educator. He has been a featured speaker for community based organizations, local service clubs, not-for-profit groups, public and private corporations. His greatest joy comes in “Paying It Forward”/sharing, working with and encouraging others facing challenges from that thing called “Life”. Gary currently resides in Hemet, California with his beautiful wife Cheryl.