Friday, October 2, 2020

Great Cycle Challenge - Cancer Bike Ride

As September was Life Insurance Awareness Month, we failed to mention one of the other interesting items that took place involving a couple of our associates. 

The Great Cycle Challenge began in 2015 and has quickly become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. People of all ages, abilities and from every state across the country set themselves a personal riding goal and challenge themselves to pedal to fight kids' cancer. For 2020 the challenge took place in September. 

In the previous 5 years, the riders from all 50 states across the country had ridden a total of 18,831,130 miles and raised a total of $24,615,507! That money goes to support research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

Two of our very good friends participated this year and both did fantastic. Donna Cash, a retired school administrator in North Carolina, set a goal of 300 miles and to raise $500. Donna, who is a colleague of ours and an all-around awesome person, rode 303 miles and shattered her goal with $668. Good job!

Jeanne Doran, one of our Surf Financial partners in crime, also rode in the event. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Jeanne rode a total of 455 miles and raised $2615. Congratulations to both of these amazing people and a hearty thanks for helping a good cause.

I spoke to Jeanne last week and let her know what a great job she did. As cancer has touched all of in some form or fashion, we discussed what a great way the bike ride was for getting the message out about kids' cancer, as well as other cancers too. 

That's when Jeanne and I realized that we offer cancer insurance plans and those plans should be part of our messaging also. 

I've related the story in the past of the gentleman whose son was receiving cancer treatments in a town nearly two hours away. Since the father was having to take time from work to travel with his son, their financial situation was dire. At the last minute the father's employer remembered that there was a cancer plan in place and it literally saved the day. 

Most people purchase their cancer plans through work, which is fine and convenient. However, if you are self-employed, a small business owner or, like us, an independent contract employee, you may not be eligible for a group cancer plan. Not to worry, because we offer an excellent plan that is available on an individual basis, and is still quite affordable. 

Through the years we have heard stories from clients who will tell us how much their cancer plan came in handy when they were receiving treatments. Yes, their medical coverage picked up the bulk of the hospital and doctors' bills, but there were still a lot of out-of-pocket costs associated with cancer. Co-pays and coinsurance are just the beginning. Travel and lodging expenses if treatments are out of town can add up, and not everyone is eligible for the Ronald McDonald House. Of course, the loss of income can be detrimental to the financial stability of the patient's family. 

If you would like some information about our cancer plan, check out this video. And if you would just like to contact us for rates or other information, feel free to schedule a phone appointment. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. 

Chris Castanes is the president of Surf Financial Brokers, helping people find affordable life and disability insurance coverage. He's also is a professional speaker helping sales people be more productive and efficient and has spoken to professional and civic organizations throughout the Southeast. And please subscribe to this blog!

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