Finalist: E.J. AND LAURA RABELL AND DEFENDER CAPITAL
For the employees of Defender Capital in Charlotte, N.C. (broker-dealer LPL Financial LLC), volunteering for the mid-Atlantic chapter of the National MS Society has become a way of life.
“Having a co-worker with [multiple sclerosis] makes them much more involved and passionate about the cause,” said E.J. Rabell, a Defender associate who was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago.
Mr. Rabell got a somber look at his own future when his legs went numb and lesions were found on his spine. However, he has since completed an intensive course of physical and drug therapy, and he is symptom-free.
“It was a glimpse of what it was like to have MS. It’s the catalyst behind my volunteer efforts. I know each day is a gift,” he said.
Mr. Rabell and his wife, Laura, who also works for Defender, are rising stars in the MS Society chapter, piloting a day of service for area families dealing with the disease, creating a young professionals’ group that raises funds to support the chapter and planning an annual fundraising gala. Their Defender colleagues always help out with logistics, event sponsorship and other volunteer tasks.
“Giving back to the community builds a bond between our company and our clients. It gives us a perspective on what’s important in life,” Mr. Rabell said.