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Lamar Odom’s Life Insurance Story

Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 06:08 PM
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Lamar Odom’s Life Insurance Story

Lamar was raised in Queens, New York in a single-parent household. Even though Lamar’s mother, Cathy, earned a modest income working as a corrections officer, she sent him to Catholic school because of concerns about the public schools in the South Jamaica neighborhood where they lived. When Lamar was 12, his mother died of colon cancer. Because she had life insurance, Lamar was able to continue his Catholic school education.

When Lamar graduated high school at 18, life insurance again made a difference in his life. Lamar was considered to be one of the best young basketball players in the country, but knew it would be best for his career if he did not pursue a professional career right away. Because he and his grandmother, who raised him through high school, were financially stable, Lamar did not need to immediately earn a paycheck and attended college for several years prior to turning pro.

“I’m sure my mom didn’t think she would die at age 35, but that didn’t stop her from doing the responsible thing and buying life insurance,” said Lamar. “Her wise decision gave me the foundation to move on in my life, and played a big role in making me the person I am today. When I began my pro career, one of the first things I did was buy life insurance to make sure that my loved ones would always be taken care of. I’m proud to be working with the LIFE Foundation to share my story and to hopefully get more Americans to do the kind of smart planning that my mom did.”




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