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CyberAlert Awards Annual PR Grants to 22 Non-Profit Organizations

Stratford, CT — 01/27/2009 — CyberAlert LLC, a worldwide media monitoring, press clipping and TV news monitoring service, today announced the 22 recipients of its 2009 Public Relations (PR) Grants to Not-for-Profit Organizations in the United States and Canada. Each grant is for one free year of online news monitoring service using CyberAlert® 4.0, which monitors 35,000+ online news sources worldwide in 25+ languages, and CyberAlert TV, which monitors all network and local news programs on local TV stations in the Top 100 U.S. markets.

In announcing the award recipients, William J. Comcowich, president and CEO of CyberAlert stated: "This year the vast majority of PR grants centered on providing support services to individuals. The work these organizations and their volunteers do to make the lives of others better is truly magnificent. We're very pleased that CyberAlert can effectively help these caring not-for-profit organizations."

The total retail value of this year's grants exceeds $70,000. Since starting the PR Grants program in 2004, CyberAlert has awarded a total of 124 grants with a retail value of more than $300,000.

The 2009 award recipients are located in eleven different states (CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, NC, NY, TX, UT, WA, WI), the District of Columbia, and one Canadian province (Ontario). The recipients range from major international organizations such as Rotary International to small advocacy groups such as Military Spouses for Change and VoteHealthCare.org.

The following organizations are the 2009 PR grant recipients:

CyberAlert PR Grant Awards
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Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
www.chpca.net
Ottawa, Ontario CHPCA is the national association which provides leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada, offering leadership in public education, policy, research and care for persons approaching death to lessen the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief.
CancerCare
www.cancercare.org
New York, NY Provides free support services including education, financial and practical help by professional oncology social workers to anyone facing cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones and the bereaved.
Children's Wish Foundation (Canada)
www.childrenswish.ca
Pickering, Ontario Grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation
www.cdlsusa.org
Avon, CT Family support organization helps ensure early and accurate diagnosis of CdLS, promotes research into the causes and manifestations of the syndrome, and help people with a diagnosis of CdLS make informed decisions about their condition.
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative
www.dndina.org
New York, NY Not-for-profit pharmaceutical research and development organization working on new treatments for a group of deadly parasitic infections that persist in the world's poorest, most marginalized communities. Diseases include sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and malaria.
Family Caregiver Alliance
www.caregiver.org
San Francisco, CA National resource center for friends and family providing care at home for loved ones with chronic, debilitating health conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury and others.
Foreign Service Youth Foundation
www.fsyf.org
Washington, DC Supports internationally-mobile youth as they transition between the United States and countries worldwide in connection with U.S. foreign affairs agencies. Recognizes the unique needs and contributions of Foreign Service youth by offering workshops, special events, contests, awards, newsletters and an online community.
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
www.freshstart.org
Carlsbad, CA Through the gift of reconstructive surgery, laser treatments, speech therapy and dental procedures, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged children and young people with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents abuse or disease.
Give Kids the World
www.gktw.org
Kissimmee, FL A 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida has created magical memories for more than 90,000 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families with a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation.
Just Yell Fire
www.justyellfire.com
Vancouver, WA Provides educational programs showing girls ages 11 to 19 how to avoid, get away and protect themselves from rape, abduction and sex trafficking, while empowering girls with a Dating Bill of Rights in order to foster healthy dating relationships. Coaches provide training for teachers, coaches, and law enforcement.
Lawyers Without Borders
www.lwob.org
Hartford, CT The world's largest group of volunteer lawyers from around the globe who stand ready to offer pro bono service to worldwide projects and initiatives in the human rights, especially children's rights, and nation building sectors.
March of Dimes Canada
www.marchofdimes.ca
Toronto, Ontario Strives to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs, services and advocacy across Canada.
Military Spouses for Change
www.militaryspousesforchange.com
Copperas Cove, TX Seeks to educate, empower and provide services to spouses of military service members and veterans, enabling them to advocate for the military community and helping ensure that the needs of the military community are appropriately identified and met.
National Institute of Statistical Sciences
www.niss.org
Research Triangle Park, NC Seeks to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact, cross-disciplinary research involving the statistical sciences by conducting research projects in bioinformatics, data confidentiality, data integration, data quality, information technology, the environment, education statistics, large, complex databases, and computer model evaluation.
National Lung Cancer Partnership
www.NationalLungCancerPartnership.org
Madison, WI Funds lung cancer research, provides education to lung cancer professionals and patients, performs community outreach, and advocates for increases in lung cancer research funding.
Postpartum Support International
www.postpartum.net
Santa Barbara, CA Self-help network provides information to increase awareness of postpartum depression among healthcare professionals and the public; provides support to women with symptoms of postpartum depression and related illnesses; advocates for research and legislation to support perinatal mental health.
Rotary International
www.rotary.org
Evanston, IL A volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders worldwide to provide humanitarian services and help build goodwill and peace. The flagship project is to eradicate polio worldwide.
St. Baldrick's Foundation
www.stbaldricks.org
Pasadena, CA Conducts head-shaving events to raise awareness and funds to cure childhood cancer by supporting cancer research and fellowships.
Triplet Connection, The
www.tripletconnection.org
Spring City, UT Provides education and emotional support to families who are expecting or raising triplets, quadruplets or more.
U.S. Business Leadership Network
www.usbln.org
Washington, DC Promotes best practices in hiring, retaining and marketing to people with disabilities. Sponsors disability mentoring, internship, and training programs.
Vision of Children Foundation
www.visionofchildren.org
San Diego, CA Seeks to cure hereditary childhood blindness and vision disorders, and to improve the quality of life of visually impaired individuals and their families.
VoteHealthcare.org
www.votehealthcare.org
Atlanta, GA Voter education and advocacy for affordable healthcare for all.


Mr. Comcowich affirmed the company's continued support of the PR grants program. "Over the years, we have received many thank you notes from recipients indicating that the PR grants have greatly assisted them in advancing their cause," he said. "It's our intention to continue the PR grants program for many years to come as our way of giving back to the PR community that has helped us become a leading worldwide media monitoring company."

Over 200 not-for-profit organizations applied to CyberAlert for the PR grants.

The CyberAlert selection process favored national and international organizations. The selection process also favored organizations that demonstrated a need for media monitoring and proposed plans to utilize the service and the resulting news clips in innovative ways.

A list of previous PR Grant Recipients is available on the CyberAlert Website. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed at the end of the year.

Contact:
William J. Comcowich
President and CEO
203-375-7200

About CyberAlert:

Founded in 1999, CyberAlert (http://www.cyberalert.com) is a worldwide press clipping, media monitoring, broadcast monitoring and media measurement service. Its CyberAlert 5.0 worldwide news monitoring service monitors over 25,000 online news sources each day in 25+ languages. The company's TV broadcast monitoring service monitors the closed caption text of over 2,100 news programs on over 600 TV stations in the Top 100 markets in the United States. To monitor consumer discussion (online word-of-mouth), its NetPinions™ service monitors over 100,000 Web message boards and UseNet news groups for consumer insight about companies, products, key issues and trends and its BlogSquirrel™ service monitors over 5 million blog postings each day from a total of 50+ million blogs worldwide.

Additional information about CyberAlert services is available at http://www.cyberalert.com

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