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60 Years of Saving Lives: Leslie’s Story

The year was 1981. For the first time, gas was sold in litres rather than gallons, Canada was awarded the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the 83-kilometre section of the Trans-Canada Highway where Terry Fox was forced to end his run was renamed in his honour.  

1981 was also the year Leslie had a severe reaction to a medication she’d been prescribed for an ear infection. She had a seizure and was left temporarily blind in the hospital for a week. 

While it wasn’t Leslie’s first major health challenge, it was the year she became a MedicAlert subscriber.  [...]

60 Years of Partnerships: Acting Superintendent Rob Bernier’s Story

Following his high school experience, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Acting Superintendent Rob Bernier, a Montreal native, thought he was bound for a career in the sciences when he started Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, better known as CEGEP. But a series of experiences in his personal life left him wondering if perhaps he was meant for a different calling.

Fast forward nearly 30 years, and not only is Rob a 27 year policing veteran and father of two, but he has also committed his entire career working with the OPS – the last four years being a police champion for MedicAlert’s Connect Protect Program. [...]

60 Years of Saving Lives: Nolan's Story

He calls it his “MedicAlert bling.” His mom calls it a life-saver.

For thirteen-and-a-half of his fourteen years, Nolan has sported – or “rocked” as he likes to say –  a classic stainless steel MedicAlert bracelet. “I’ve tried the sport bands, the youth bracelets and other styles, but this is the only one Nolan will wear,” says mom Michelle.

Regardless of the type of ID Nolan chooses to wear, it’s the fact that he has one that provides the peace-of-mind his mom needs. [...]

60 Years of Saving Lives: Michelle’s Story

Should I pack this in my son’s lunch?

It’s a rhetorical question for most, but for mom, author and Personal Support Worker (PSW) Michelle Nel, the question strikes very close to home.

“On the day our son had his first anaphylactic reaction,” she recalls, “I walked away from the emergency room in a daze. I felt blindsided by my son’s new food allergy diagnosis and overwhelmed by the realization that the world as I knew it had just changed.” [...]

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