PHA Board of Trustees member Stacey M. Gausling, OT/L, a longtime advocate and support group leader for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, passed away March 19, 2020.
Stacey was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension in 2006, secondary to lupus and mixed connective tissue disorder. Before she was diagnosed, Stacey finished two marathons and was a full-time medical sales rep. She was a licensed occupational therapist for more than two decades, and she spent time as a traveling therapist in her RV, reaching patients in rural locations.
Stacey was a fierce advocate on behalf of herself and others living with PH. She testified before the Food and Drug Administration, met with elected officials and gave voice to important issues like treatment access and early diagnosis.
Raised in Texas, Stacey moved to California after her diagnosis to simplify life and enjoy the weather to improve her health. She was active in the PHA volunteer community there and helped lead fundraising efforts and launch a PHA support group.
During her time on the PHA Board of Trustees, she lent a powerful perspective as a patient to ensure PHA’s initiatives met current PH community needs. She also served on committees for Conference and strategic planning.
Stacey’s commitment to all of PHA’s important programs will leave a legacy that her family asks you to continue. As we mourn Stacey’s passing, her family hopes you will donate in her memory to continue her work on behalf of those living with PH.