The Mojo Project Press Release: Help Save Musicians

The Mojo Project Press Release: Help Save Musicians
January 4, 2011
Rhetta Akamatsu

I have been telling you regularly about the Mojo Project from the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi-Polar Research. The project was in the running in December for a Pepsi Refresh grant. That voting ended on December 31, but due to the ranking of The Mojo Project at the end of the month, it is still in the running!

Today I want to share the official press release sent out by Debbie Costello Smith, Sean's mom, on behalf of the fund and the project:


DATE: January 3, 2011 - January 31, 2011
WHO: Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research

WHAT: Due to placing in the top 100 in the month of December, The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research's MOJO Project is in the running again for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. The Sean Costello Memorial Fund has been chosen to compete starting January 3. Winners are decided by total votes with the top 10 entrants receiving the grants entered.

As one of the organizations with the top votes, the Fund will develop and implement The Mojo Project: an internet and mobile based application to monitor sleep patterns. Sleep deprivation is known to be a trigger for mania. Mania can lead to reckless and often dangerous behavior. The Mojo Project is a joint effort of two of the Fund's scientific advisors from Berkeley and the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Supporters can vote 3 times a day, once from each of the following sources:

1. Pepsi Refresh website *

2. Facebook:

3. Texting: 104661 to Pepsi (73774) *

The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research was founded after the death of Sean on the eve of his 28th birthday. Its mission includes researching the connection between creativity and bipolar disorder, reducing the stigma of bipolar disorder and supporting resources for musicians who are bipolar. For more information, please visit . The Fund is recognized as the only organization focused on creativity and bipolar disorder.

Vote for The Mojo Project three times a day, every day this January. To learn more please visit For more information, contact Debbie Costello Smith at, or at 404-310-4514.

*Pepsi does not charge for the text and you will not receive any spam from your emails.

*If The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research wins the Pepsi Refresh Project, everyone who registers for a daily email reminder at will be entered to win an iPad. Pepsi does not charge for texts; normal text rates apply. Pepsi does not collect email addresses for marketing purposes.

So this is your chance to help make a real scientific advance. How many of the great musicians, blues and otherwise, have we lost? How many of them may have had Bi-Polar Disorder, diagnosed or not? San Costello was one of our own, here in Atlanta. Let's all make a special effort to get over there and vote!!!

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