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NAPFA “On-Board” Program to Educate Professionals on Advising Americans with Chronic Illness

NAPFA Member Martin Shenkman’s RV4TheCure program to be supported by NAPFA and benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps

 
July 19, 2010 - PRLog -- Arlington Heights, IL (July 19, 2010) – The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the country’s leading professional association of comprehensive Fee-Only financial advisors, is pleased to announce its support of the RV4TheCure program, a national initiative designed to educate professional advisors of all backgrounds on how they can help clients whose families have been impacted by chronic illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Launched by NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor Martin Shenkman of Shenkman Law with offices in Paramus, NJ and New York City, his wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system, almost four years ago.  The first case of MS was diagnosed in 1849 and now impacts the lives of 400,000 Americans.  As a noted attorney and author who has devoted his career to helping those afflicted with chronic diseases in coping with financial and estate issues, Martin realized the need for more professionals to get involved with making the disease less impactful.

RV4TheCure is an educational program that features Martin traveling the country in an Airstream Trailer and speaking at seminars and events for professional advisors (financial planners, attorneys, CPAs, etc.) to teach them how they can effectively help those they serve who are suffering from a serious illness.  NAPFA will be supporting the effort by encouraging nearly 2,400 members around the country to explore having Martin present at events in their area.

“NAPFA represents the financial adviser who represents the client’s true interests in a fiduciary capacity. When a client is struggling with chronic illness, especially cognitive issues, having an adviser with that level of loyalty and responsibility is the optimal protection,” asserts Martin Shenkman.  “With NAPFA participation we will inform and educate financial planners around the country about planning for clients with chronic illness so that they can bring their high ethical fiduciary standard to the aid of more of the 120 million Americans living with chronic illness.”

“Marty has been a standout member of NAPFA for more than a decade who has made it his mission to help educate our members and others on how to help clients and their families,” said Ellen Turf, CEO of NAPFA.  “NAPFA members are proud to be comprehensive financial planners, so Marty’s knowledge will help in making our members even more capable and knowledgeable.”

RV4TheCure has another mission…to help spread the word about the work of three prominent national charities – the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps – while also speaking at chapters of these organizations to help those living with these diseases directly.

“The creativity and dedication that helped Marty build a reputation as an expert in estate and financial planning for people living with chronic disease are also evident in his efforts to raise funding and awareness for our mission to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease,” said Todd Sherer, acting CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. “We are grateful that he’s chosen us as a beneficiary of RV4theCure and can’t wait to see where the journey takes him.”

“Marty has found a unique way in RV4theCure to bring his expertise right to the doorstep of financial advisors in order to assist them with the practical tools they need in being more effective resources for their clients with chronic illness,” says Joyce Nelson, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “As awareness for the challenges of MS and the importance of charitable giving are among those crucial tools, RV4theCure means a great deal to the Society and we are most appreciative to Marty to be a beneficiary of his journey.”

“Marty’s commitment to helping people affected by serious illness is extraordinary,” said John Reid, President and CEO of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. “We are delighted to be a beneficiary of the RV4theCure project and look forward to a long and successful friendship as we all work together to bring the joy of camp to many more kids who are sick.”

Members of the media who want to learn more about NAPFA’s involvement with the RV4TheCure program can contact Benjamin Lewis at 301-963-7555 or Benjamin.Lewis@perceptiononline.com.  To learn more about RV4TheCure, please contact Marty Shenkman at 201-845-8400 or shenkman@shenkmanlaw.com.  You can also learn more by visiting www.RV4TheCure.com.

About NAPFA
Since 1983, The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) has provided Fee-Only financial planners across the country with some of the strictest guidelines possible for professional competency, comprehensive financial planning, and Fee-Only compensation. With more than 2,100 members across the country, NAPFA has become the leading professional association in the United States dedicated to the advancement of Fee-Only financial planning.  For more information on NAPFA, please visit www.NAPFA.org.

About RV4TheCure
RV4TheCure was launched by Martin Shenkman with several goals in mind, including raising money for the many charities serving the approximately 120 million American’s living with chronic illness; educating professional advisers (attorneys, accountants, CPA, insurance consultants and others) how to tailor planning to better serve their clients living with chronic illness; and empowering those living with chronic illness and their loved ones to better plan their estates and finances through educational seminars and other content.  Learn more about the program at www.RV4TheCure.com.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS stops people from moving.  The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.  We help each person address the challenges of living with MS.  In 2009 alone, through our national office and 50 state network of chapters, we devoted over $132 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives to move us closer to a world free of MS.  The Society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world.  Approximately 95% of all Society funding comes from grassroots efforts, much of it raised by individuals through events such as our Bike MS and Walk MS or through direct contributions.  We are people who want to do something about MS NOW.  Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the development of better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda. MJFF has funded almost $196 million in research to date.  For more information visit www.michaeljfox.org.

About the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps

The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps leads a global family of camps for children with serious medical conditions. Founded by Paul Newman over two decades ago with the idea that no child should have to compromise their childhood because of a serious illness, today the Association oversees fourteen camps in seven countries, six new camps and programs in various stages of development, and seven Global Partnership Initiatives in Africa and Asia.  To date, the camps and programs have served more than 200,000 children affected by over 150 medical conditions. For more information, visit www.holeinthewallcamps.org.

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