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Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, has been another example of someone who has not let hardship stop him from pursuing his dreams. Over 35 years ago, a logging accident put Gary in a wheelchair and he was told he would never walk again. He did not allow this diagnosis to stop him from dreaming and seeking ways to overcome his disability. Today he is active, traveling all over the world, farming, jousting, and hiking.
In 1994, Young Living saw the value of purchasing a farm in Croatia. When war broke out in Croatia, Gary lost this land. Today, Young Living has again started a farm in Croatia, a land of rich, yet rocky soil. Helichrysum, an expensive and highly regarded aromatic plant, has been carefully planted and protected at a time when the wild crafting of helichrysum has endangered this plant and caused much illegal activity. Young Living now produces 90% of all helichrysum in the world on the Croatia farm and Gary and our farm manager are highly respected by the Croatian government for their efforts.