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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:27 pm 
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Just thought you'd want to know - some great news for allergic kids in the fed. budget:


Budget Funding for MedicAlert Will Protect 10,000 Canadian Children

OTTAWA, March 19, 2007 – Funding announced in today’s Federal Budget for the Canadian MedicAlert® 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® 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.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:37 pm 
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AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME NEWS!!! :)

I am so happy for MedicAlert and for all the kids who will benefit from this!

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:45 pm 
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Hooray! My son's school is one of the schools selected for the pilot project.

The program is free and intended for school age children between 4 and 14 years of age who have a medical condition, including allergies. Students who are currently attending the school can enrol in the program. New students in coming years will also be given the opportunity to enrol.

The school distributed an application form from MedicAlert for the No Child Without Program. My son is already a MedicAlert member but it was recommended that we also complete the form and submit it to MedicAlert who will transfer him to the No Child Without Program at no cost. :D

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