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MedicAlert Brings History of Saving Lives to Chicago for Inaugural Thrive Allergy & Gluten-free Expo
Date:4/15/2009

With more than 50 years of saving lives, the MedicAlert Foundation partners with Thrive to continue a legacy of providing members' critical medical information in an emergency

TURLOCK, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MedicAlert Foundation International, the leader in providing emergency response medical information services, today announced its participation at the first annual Thrive Allergy & Gluten-free Expo in 2009, taking place in Chicago on April 18-19.

According to the Food Allergy Initiative, more than 12 million people have food allergies including approximately three million children under the age of 18. For all kinds of allergy sufferers and their families, the MedicAlert service provides peace of mind and freedom to live their lives to the fullest without worrying whether the right information will be available when it is needed most.

"As infants, both of my boys developed severe allergies. Their childhood has been full of emergency room visits, shots and lengthy lists of foods they have to avoid. Having my children wear their MedicAlert bracelets gives me peace of mind," said Denise Bunning, mother of Bryan and Daniel, MedicAlert members. "If they are ever in a life-threatening emergency due to their food allergies, all of their pertinent medical information is right there for the paramedics to see. Every parent wants to protect their child at all times. Wearing their MedicAlert bracelets will help to ensure that my boys receive the best care possible in an emergency situation."

MedicAlert, a non-profit foundation with more than 4 million members, plays an important role in the daily life of people with allergies. MedicAlert's instantly-recognizable jewelry acts as a life-saving device, providing specific medical conditions and allergies, prescriptions and contact information in an instant to emergency personnel.

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