Budget boost for MedicAlert will protect thousands more Canadian children

    OTTAWA, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Funding in the amount of 3 million for the
Canadian MedicAlert(R) Foundation's No Child Without program, announced in
today's federal Budget, will provide significant protection to thousands more
Canadian children.
    "Today's Budget announcement will make an important difference for a
large number of children with chronic or potentially serious medical
conditions," said Robert Ridge, Acting President and CEO of MedicAlert. "The
Government of Canada's support again this year will help significantly expand
the No Child Without program to a growing list of schools across the country."
    "As most parents know, children with medical conditions are more at risk
whenever they leave home. So parents are concerned about how their child will
be able to communicate their medical condition in a crisis. No Child Without
addresses that concern," added Mr. Ridge.
    Howard Berger, Chair of the Canadian MedicAlert(R) Foundation board, also
commented that "Today's Budget announcement builds on a relationship initiated
in last year's Federal Budget. It should give parents more peace of mind
because it moves us closer to our goal of bringing the No Child Without
program to every student in every school across Canada."
    No Child Without focuses on children who suffer from what can be
life-threatening allergies, such as peanut allergies, from childhood diabetes
and from asthma. The program provides every child with a medical condition a
bracelet that is designed to make critical information available in a medical
emergency. Because the bracelet is linked to a 24 hour emergency hotline and
an electronic medical record, parents and family can feel more secure about
the welfare of their children when they are away from home.
    The No Child Without program was developed in the spirit of Canadian
Medicare to help every child regardless of their financial resources, with the
goal of offering elementary aged students in every school in Canada free
MedicAlert protection within five years.
    Parents can obtain more information from www.nochildwithout.

    Please note:
    Acting MedicAlert President and CEO Robert Ridge is in Ottawa and is
available to reporters for on-site interviews regarding the federal Budget.

    MedicAlert Board Chair Howard Berger est disponsible en français.

    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 sponsored in part by the Lions Clubs 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.

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