Lions Club of Canada and MedicAlert come together for the No Child Without(R) Program


    Innovative Medical Program Protects Children and Eases Parents' Concerns

    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Lions Clubs of Canada and the Canadian
MedicAlert Foundation have come together in a national partnership through
MedicAlert's charitable program, No Child Without (NCW), which protects
elementary students from unforeseen medical emergencies. Local Lions Clubs
will provide funding and community-based support to expand and implement NCW
across Canada.
    The Lions Clubs of Canada will take on a special role in each community
acting as a local contact for the No Child Without program in the communities
where they live. MedicAlert bracelets and necklets will now feature an
engraving of the Lions Club logo in recognition of their outstanding
contribution to this cause.
    "Through the support of local Lions Clubs, No Child Without will continue
to grow in scope and allow parents to feel that their children are more safe
while in the care of others throughout the school day," said Terry Graham,
Past International Director of the Lions Club of Canada. "They have access to
the vital health information they need to help our children."
    Parents are immediately notified by MedicAlert when the hotline receives
a call about their child. Many parents of children who wear MedicAlert
bracelets have found it reassuring to know that they will be informed if their
child has had a medical emergency and that proper care was quickly provided.
    "As most parents know, children with medical conditions may be at risk
whenever they leave their home. Parents worry a great deal about how their
child will communicate their medical condition in a crisis," said Martin
Kabat, President and CEO of MedicAlert. "Through the help of local Lions Clubs
across Canada, the No Child Without program will provide students in all
provinces the full protection of MedicAlert and give parents peace of mind."
    MedicAlert's No Child Without program focuses on children who suffer from
allergies like peanuts, childhood diabetes and asthma, and also helps children
with other pre-existing medical conditions. Across Canada, at least 10 per
cent of children have a condition that warrants MedicAlert(R) protection(1).
    The goal of the No Child Without program is to provide elementary
students across Canada a MedicAlert bracelet or necklet custom-engraved with
the child's medical information, member ID and the MedicAlert 24-hour
Emergency Hotline number. By calling the number, school staff or health care
providers have immediate access to vital information from the child's
electronic health record, including existing medical conditions, medications,
allergies, special needs, physician and family contacts.

    About No Child Without

    The No Child Without program was launched nationally in November 2006 and
over the next five years it will be offered to all of Canada's
12,000 elementary schools. The program was developed in the spirit of Canadian
health care to assist every child regardless of their financial resources. The
No Child Without program is funded in part by a $2 million contribution from
the Government of Canada. MedicAlert relies on the generous donations from its
members and corporations, government, foundations and individuals to support
its mission.

    About the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation

    Operating nationally, MedicAlert is a member-based registered charity
with more than one million Canadian members. The Canadian MedicAlert
Foundation has been the provider of emergency medical information services in
Canada for more than 45 years. The Foundation's services include electronic
health records, a state-of-the-art secure database, a 24-hour emergency
hotline and customized identification products that protect persons with
chronic medical conditions or special medical needs. The foundation's web site
can be accessed at www.medicalert.ca.

    About the Lions Club of Canada

    The Lions Club of Canada is part of an international network of
1.3 million men and women in 202 countries who work together to answer the
needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions participate in a vast
variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from
cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters.
Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of
people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities.

    (1) Statistics Canada 2001 Census; Canadian Lung Association -
    www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/asthma-asthme/children-enfants/index_e.php;
    Canadian Diabetes Association,
    http://www.diabetes.ca/Section_About/thefacts.asp; The Prevalence and
    costs of Diabetes http://www.diabetes.ca/Section_About/prevalence.asp.



For further information: Janine Allen, Veritas Communications, (416)
482-0778, allen@veritascanada.com; Deborah Legrove, CFRE, Canadian MedicAlert
Foundation, (416) 696-0142, ext. 1153, dlegrove@medicalert.ca