In fact he's taught more than 65-thousand people around the nation how to resuscitate a heart and to watch for the signs of heart trouble.
So what did he do when he had trouble breathing one day?
“It never dawned on me that it was heart related. Just had a three-hour workout, four-hour work out and my heart was moving really well against a 17-year-old boy playing racquetball," Gene said.
And that was the beginning of life...