MedZou jumps in rank in Pepsi Refresh contest

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 | 2:42 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — With less than two weeks to go, MedZou is close to winning a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project this month.

MedZou, a student-run clinic that works with uninsured patients, was in 14th place Wednesday morning for the $50,000 prize level in the contest's "Health" category, up from 67th place at the start of December.

The top 10 projects at the end of each month are awarded funding, and projects can enter for multiple months. MedZou first entered the contest in November but ranked 22nd at the end of that month.

According to its profile on the contest's website, the clinic would use the funding to offer critical diagnostic services for patients, such as X-rays, ultrasounds and electrocardiograms.

Those who wish to participate can vote by creating an account on Pepsi Refresh Project's website, signing in with Facebook or texting “103787” to “73774.”

Users can vote for 10 different ideas each day, and voting is open until Dec. 31.

Finalists will be announced Jan. 3.

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Mark Flakne December 23, 2010 | 8:04 a.m.

While you are voting for MedZou, please hop on over and vote for the CYBA in the $250,000 race. Just type "CYBA" in the search box on the Pepsi Refresh site. It's a different category so you can vote for both.

You can vote once per day from the web and from your cell via text. To text a vote for the CYBA send 104841 to 73774.

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