Certified financial planner Paul Levy has seen first-hand the effects that MS has on those who suffer from the disease.
He has two clients who are also very close friends and were both afflicted with the disease in their early 50s. Fortunately, he says, his friends’ lives have been made much more bearable thanks to intelligent insurance policies, but they still have to live with the slow deterioration of their body.
“They had to retire and they lost their income and they’re relying on their insurance benefits for financial security,” says Levy. “It affects them emotionally, it affects them financially, it affects the family, it affects their future plans. As well as the mental and physical affect it has on their body... They get tired very often, they lose mobility. It’s just a slow degradation of bodily function and mental capacity.”
That’s why, in the middle of winter, Levy and his team of about 10 friends will be attempting to swim for 24 hours. Each member has their own swim name, and Paul has been dubbed “Moby Dickhead”.
They’re helping the MS Society to raise $1 million to continue research into a cure, or a way to postpone the effects of MS. Levy hates swimming, but says it is a good feeling to do something to help. And given that insurance has helped his two friends so immensely, he says it is appropriate that members of the insurance industry help to support them in their endeavours.
“I would just urge as many people as possible to either participate, or if they don’t have time or inclination to participate by swimming then participate by making a cash donation, it can be any amount.”
People can join up or make a donation to Levy on the MS Society website here.