When Amanda Thomas was diagnosed with thoracic cancer shortly after delivering their fourth child, her family’s world was turned upside down. She would spend a year out of work while undergoing grueling chemo treatments. Her job dropped her from their health insurance. Her paychecks stopped coming in. Meanwhile, the medical expenses were piling up. Thankfully, Amanda and her husband Eugene had prepared for this very situation back when she was healthy by putting a Living Benefits life insurance plan in place for their family. Utilizing her policy’s built-in Critical Illness rider, Amanda was able to accelerate $405,000 of her life insurance policy’s death benefit to get a tax-free check for $343,000 in her hands.