There were no children on the horizon yet for Norm and Sandy Page, but this young couple, in their early 20s, decided to buy whole life insurance policies. They had met with Thomas Waring, Jr., CLU, ChFC, CLTC, MSFS, their financial professional, who explained that because whole life insurance also builds cash value, it would help them with their goal of saving for retirement, while also protecting them in case either were to die prematurely.
The Pages’ plans changed in an instant when their son, Adam, was born with spina bifida, a malformation of the spinal cord. The couple had good health insurance coverage through their jobs, but there were certain things it didn’t cover like special braces that Adam needed to walk. To pay for these items, the Pages tapped into the cash value that had accumulated in their whole life policies.*
The money from the policies even allowed Adam to pursue a special dream. He developed a passion for sled hockey, and Norm and Sandy borrowed from the life insurance policies to pay for some of his equipment and training needs. At 15, he became the youngest person to make the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and at 18, he won gold at the Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
Over the years, the Pages have purchased more life insurance to make sure that Adam will be adequately provided for should he outlive his parents, which doctors say is likely. For his part, Adam is now attending college to pursue a career in sports management. He even bought his own whole life policy, as he prepares for his life ahead. “I’ve seen what it’s done for me,” says Adam. “Whole life insurance has provided me the opportunity to live a whole life.”
*Withdrawing or borrowing funds from your policy will reduce its cash value and death benefit if not repaid, and may result in a tax liability if the policy terminates before the death of the insured.