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MedicAlert children’s program

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MedicAlert children’s program


POSTED May 29, 2012 6:24 p.m.

As MedicAlert has expanded its reach to help those with medical conditions — especially children — receive the care they need in emergency situations. Community organizations have also taken up the Collins’ cause.

The Merced Leo Club, comprised of Merced-area high school students, donated $600 in May to the Lions Club District 4-A1 (including the 12:10 Lions of Turlock) —
MedicAlert Children’s Program.

This was a first gift donation, which will be used to cover the membership for school-aged children with medical conditions. The event served as a collaborative kick-off, as this Leo Club will be fundraising for additional donations.

MedicAlert Foundation Vice President of Marketing, Jeff Clearly, called the donation a “milestone in the efforts to support the Lions- MedicAlert Children’s Program. We thank the Leo Club and Lions Club for their friendship and support of MedicAlert Foundation, and their commitment to Lionism in our community.”

The Lions Club kicked off the Children’s Program last year during MedicAlert’s 55th Anniversary celebration at the organization’s world-wide headquarters in Turlock. Lions Club representatives said the eventual plan is to launch a national campaign for needy children with medical conditions.

 The teamwork with The Merced Leo Club is a vital first step.

“There is a large Leo network of more than 6,100 Leo clubs in 138 countries, with approximately 152,000 members. Merced High School Leo Club is the first to raise money to support the Lions – MedicAlert Children’s Program,” said Lions District Governor David McCullough.

“Each year the Leos determine what their primary fundraising opportunity is going to be. We supported MedicAlert’s Health and Safety Fair in September 2011 - the Leos worked the fair, helping out with the security of the helicopter. After that event, the Leos were motivated by the cause to help needy school aged kids, that would continue through their adolescence. The kids raised money through car washes, food service, and a variety of fundraising activities to make their first donation to MedicAlert Foundation,” explained Gary Eno, Merced High Leo Club advisor and Breakfast Lions Membership chairman.

The Lions Clubs in the Turlock and Merced areas are working to keep children safe, by providing the MedicAlert service to youth ages 4-14 who have a medical condition. Such cases as autism — require bracelets with medical information.

School nurses in the area identify children with a medical need for a bracelet, and then notify the Lions Club. The Lions which then pays a reduced price of $100 for all youth 4-14 years old. The reduced price for 10 years of service is a main component of the partnership between Lions and MedicAlert.


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