Aug. 28, 2012 - As a boy, Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro’s dream was to work alongside his father in the family bakery to help make it a household name. But that dream was blown off course on his 17th birthday. That’s the day his father, 54, was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died just three weeks later.
Buddy lost his best friend and mentor. And his family lost its breadwinner. Buddy had to drop out of high school to run the family business, and the situation was made more challenging by the fact that his father didn’t have life insurance.
“If there had been life insurance, I know things would have been a lot easier. I could have hired more people, worried less and had time to grieve,” says Buddy.
In September, Buddy is serving as the national spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month. The nonprofit LIFE Foundation coordinates the annual educational campaign that promotes the importance of life insurance coverage.*
*Erie Family Life Insurance products are not available in New York.