Our Story

Gus Gear’s story began more than a decade ago when its founder and CEO, Sarah Palya, sought to find a way to respond to the ongoing medical journey of Gus, her son, who faced a myriad of medical challenges, including autism and dysmotility, that led to intestinal failure. Sarah felt overwhelmed and wanted to find a way for Gus to live a more “normal” life. Her biggest obstacle was protecting, securing, and taking care of his central line. Out of this challenge came our flagship product, the Central Line Vest. Since then, we’ve increased our product line and created a community for support to help those who are feeling as overwhelmed as Sarah was in the beginning.

“As soon as I realized its profound impact on our quality of life as a family, I knew that other families would be able to benefit and find the same peace of mind."

Founder & CEO, Sarah Palya

Gus Gear’s flagship product, the Central Line Vest, was designed to keep Gus’s line locked down and secure, not only from accidental pulls but also from his wandering fingers. This comfortable vest covers and secures single, double, or multiple lumen central lines, eliminating the trauma from line pulls while allowing the wearer to be as active and independent as possible without undue fear of damaging their line.

Over the past ten years, Gus Gear’s product line has increased to also include the G-Tube Wrap, Ostomy Pouch Cover, Line Covers, and other accessories — everything used by Sarah’s family daily at one time or another. With this personal experience, Sarah has been able to oversee the development and improvement of each product to make it not only attractive, but functional, with the patient and their families in mind.

Today, Gus Gear products are used in many healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Canada and are shipped to families world-wide, offering solutions that help solve the challenges they face daily.

By using Gus Gear’s products, our hope is that others can break free from the limitations imposed by their diagnosis and live their lives to the fullest.

Our Mission and Vision

Gus Gear’s mission is to improve the safety and quality of life for those facing medical challenges. For more than a decade, we’ve worked passionately and diligently, delivering on that mission through the development, manufacturing, and distribution of high-quality medical devices at reasonable prices.

Our vision is for our products to be the standard of care and have them be available to as many individuals as possible. We work on seeing this vision through by assisting those with financial hardship through resources and advice to get support from clinics and companies to gain access to our life-changing products.

At Gus Gear, we believe in conducting our business honestly and ethically, ensuring we’re doing the right thing for our customers, our strategic partners, our team members, and our company. We strive to produce the highest quality products while maintaining a reputation for honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity, trust, and sound business judgment.

Our Core Values

Equity
We believe equity means ensuring our products are accessible to every patient, regardless of their ability to pay. We are actively providing resources on funding opportunities.

Hard work
We value hard work because we believe it translates to meaningful, tangible outcomes for our customers. We’re passionate about creating an environment that rewards hard work and embraces innovation.

Patient-first Approach
Patient first is our “North Star.” Having a positive impact on patients and their families is central to our business purpose. Everything we do is measured by the question: Does this help the patient by improving outcomes and quality of life?

Integrity and Honesty
We seek partnerships, not transactions with customers, partners, investors, and stakeholders. Honesty and integrity through transparency is how we form lasting and meaningful partnerships.

Environmental responsibility
In a throw-away society, we seek to make products that last for years to come by producing high-quality products and ensuring the packaging and shipping are done in an environmentally-friendly way.

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