Budget funding for MedicAlert will protect 10,000 Canadian children

    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW/ - Funding announced in today's Federal Budget for
the Canadian MedicAlert(R) Foundation's No Child Without program will provide
significant protection to Canadian children.
    "Today's Budget announcement will make an important difference for
children with chronic or potentially serious medical conditions," said Martin
Kabat, President and CEO of MedicAlert. "The Government of Canada's support
will help the No Child Without program protect more than 10,000 Canadian
children the next decade."
    "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. Kabat.
    Howard Berger, Chair of the Canadian MedicAlert(R) Foundation board, also
commented that "Today's Budget announcement 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.
    Since launching the program last fall, MedicAlert has enrolled more than
150 schools across the country, and has demand from more than 1,000 schools on
a waiting list. The 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.medicalert.ca.

    Please note:

    MedicAlert President and CEO Martin Kabat is in Ottawa and is available
to reporters for on-site interviews regarding the federal Budget.

    MedicAlert Board Chair Howard Berger is also in Ottawa and available en

    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
medical 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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