Monday, September 20, 2010

MS Friend in need

Hello everyone,

I received a special request from a caretaker of someone with Multiple Sclerosis. She is celebrating her 70th birthday on September 22nd and her caretaker asked for some help. Would you send her a birthday card? You can email and I can share her name and address with you so it can be sent. It is OK if it is a little belated and it would really make her birthday special. Below is the email minus some details for you to review. I hope everyone can help out and thank you for your support!


Im a Caretaker for a Lady who has MS and is confined to a wheelchair . I do as much for her as I can but at times it becomes very hard . She lives by herself and life is a burden to her at times . My heart breaks seeing her every day in the condition she is in . She will be 70 yrs old on the 22nd of this month . Kids and Family dont help alot and im not even sure if anybody will help me celebrate her Birthday .She is always so sad cause nobody really comes arround cause all feel that they have to help her when they visit . If anybody maybe wants to send her a Bday card im sure she would appreciate that and wont feel so forgotten, even if the cards are late.

Thank you so very much

I really hope we can all stick together and make this a special birthday for her!


David Serotko
Multiple Sclerosis Dreams

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Let the voting begin... again!

Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for your support throughout the month of August. Trust me when I tell you that voting is for the birds but each day I remind myself of the situations people with Multiple Sclerosis are in and how much we could do for people with $25,000. It would really change the lives of several people and be an experience that would never be forgotten.

We have had several people mention that they will not vote or support anything that involves Pepsi because it is not a healthy product to promote. MS Dreams does not promote Pepsi or its products and in no way feels they are healthy. What we want everyone to understand though is that Pepsi is a huge organization that is giving some money back to the community. It is a shame that many other large organizations are not doing similar things and our hope is that by Pepsi taking this step others will follow. Voting for ideas will obviously expose you to some Pepsi advertising but there is absolutely nothing that asks you to purchase their products to support ideas, or anything similar. I do have to say that other than seeing some Pepsi logo's throughout the site, they have been very good with keeping the focus on the idea and not their products. Also, I have not seen even one email from Pepsi since signing up for voting which is a great thing.

Respecting those who do feel negatively towards Pepsi, we will be making some changes to our promotions. Also, since this is month two of voting and reminders we want everyone to feel comfortable and avoid being annoying to all of our friends 8-):

-- We will no longer mention "Pepsi" in our reminder emails or Twitter, Facebook, Blog posts. We will simply refer to the Refresh Project and hope it will show everyone that we want you to vote for MS Dreams and our partners, not for Pepsi.

-- We will be "piggy backing" our reminders on Facebook and Twitter. We generally do a daily post unrelated to the Refresh Project and from now on we will be focusing our posts more on our fundraising event in October. For example "Please visit our website for more information on our comedy night in October (Did you vote today?". This should limit the number of posts we do and help free up your daily viewing.

-- MS Dreams is still looking for volunteers to help spread the word and sell tickets to our comedy night October 9th in Warren, OH. If you are interested in selling tickets or hanging flyers, please email us at

-- Last but not least, I wanted to thank everyone for voting our partner through in August! Angels 4 Epilepsy has been supporting us every day with votes and with your help they moved from #13 to #7 within hours and will receive a $5,000 grant.

Thank you all for your support, and we have some very exciting things coming up! Below are some links to our refresh project page and a link to daily voting reminders.

Please vote daily to make dreams come true for people with Multiple Sclerosis . You can also sign up for daily voting reminders at


David Serotko
Multiple Sclerosis Dreams
dx 9/15/2006

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bringing back the blog!

We have so many things going on in the coming months that I don't think Facebook and Twitter posts alone will get the job done. We have made some great strides in the August voting for the Pepsi Refresh Project and currently are sitting at 68th place. Although we don't expect to reach the top 10 by September 1st to win the $25,000 grant, we should easily qualify for an automatic rollover into September. Basically, sine we ranked so well in August we will automatically be in the voting for September as well, and start all over again 8-). We are trying to think of a way to get all of our Facebook followers involved in voting and possibly even some type of pledge if possible. We will keep you up to date on this as well.

On October 9th, 2010 we will be holding our 1st Annual Comedy Night/Dinner Fundraiser in Warren, OH named "Fall Over Laughing". Author and comedienne Sandi Selvi will be flying in from California to headline for us! Sandi also lives with MS and has a hilarious outlook on life. Opening for Sandi and MC-ing for the night will be Ian Giebeler. Ian is from Northeast Ohio and is very entertaining as well. We are looking to get one more comedian as well and will keep everyone posted.

Would you like to help us get votes, or volunteer to help spread the word and sell tickets for our comedy night? Please email us at and we can get started! Below are links to some promotional items to get started:

Ask your work or a business for a charitable donation:
Hand flyers with order forms out to family and friends:
Post flyers on bulletin boards and at local businesses:

Thank you everyone for your support! With your help we will change lives for people with Multiple Sclerosis!


David Serotko
Dx: 09/15/2006

Monday, April 12, 2010

Meeting with Make A Wish Foundation in Phoenix, AZ

I had a wonderful meeting on Friday with the Make A Wish Foundation! I started my meeting with the CEO David Williams for 30 minutes and talked about Multiple Sclerosis 365. We talked about what got me started with and also his background and how he found his way to the Make A Wish foundation. David is such a great guy and has a great outlook on life and much respect for all of his employees.

From there, I met with the COO and had a great time! He was incredibly helpful and shared some great information about Make A Wish and explained how he admired my background and that I am not afraid to take some chances and really explore life. I was very nervous meeting with him but he really was a great guy and very outgoing.

The next meeting was with the Celebrity Program Manager. She really helped me understand the process of contacting celebrities and what to expect. Also, she helped me realize who would be the best people to contact for our organization. It was surprising to hear some of the celebrities that were most helpful, some you may not expect.

I spent about an hour with the Sr, Manager of Mission Resources and she really had a ton of information about Make A Wish and how the selection process works.Many of the things she mentioned really opened my eyes to things that I may run into and what to watch out for.

Next I went to lunch with CEO David Williams and spent an hour chatting about everything! We started talking about business and towards the end he was suggesting places for me to visit in Arizona. He really is a great person and a wonderful asset to their organization.

After lunch I met with the Campaign Manager. I only spent a half hour with her but could have easily spent an hour and a half. She had a lot of great information on fund raising and simple things we could do to move forward and grow the organization. I will for sure be speaking to her in the future and asking for more details.

I then spent a half hour with the Online Communications Manager who manages their website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. We definitely had a great deal in common when it comes to playing online lol. He has since mentioned me on Twitter and I feel we will be in contact many more times. He also thought that our website was designed very well and he liked the simplicity and how the orange color of the Donate button grabbed his attention.

My final meeting was with the Senior Manager of Chapter Support. She had a TON of great information and recommendations. We were only slotted for 30 minutes but talked for about an hour. She also insisted I contact her when we started planning our events, as she would love to help us!

I had a wonderful time and was meeting non stop from 9:00AM until 3:00PM. I am still amazed at the fact they put aside so much time for me. The Make A Wish Foundation was everything I had imagined and more. I have some great contacts and hope to continue my relationship with them in the future. Thank you everyone for your support and we are sure to make strides in the future!


David Serotko
Multiple Sclerosis 365

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Friday, March 12, 2010


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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Website Update

We have updated our donation page to accept donations via PayPal, Google Checkout, and Check/Money Order. We have had some issues with using PayPal alone and wanted to make the process easier and offer more options. If anyone has issues with the new site setup please let me know.

Monday, February 22, 2010


I am meeting with the President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in April! Read the announcements section towards the bottom of our homepage for more information.


The Tribune finally got my press release in. It was the Sunday paper, I just found out this morning

Friday, February 19, 2010


Thanks to Lakeview 7th and 8th grade girls basketball. They are holding a Foul-A-Thon for charity. 7th Grade is raising money for and eighth grade for the make-a-wish foundation. Below is a link to more information. Thank you so much Lakeview!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Press Release

The press release is in the Vindicator today! Thanks again to Bill Alcorn for doing the story.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Had a great meeting/photo opp with Bill Alcorn at the Vindicator in Youngstown this afternoon. I think it will be listed tomorrow but will let everyone know. Very thorough and exciting, I can't wait to see the write up on!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Press Release

Yay! Its a start, just found out we had a press release in the Review Newspaper. Columbus dispatch seems on board also, we will see how it goes!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Press Releases Press Releases have been submitted to The Vindicator, The Tribune, The Review Newspapers, The Plain Dealer, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Columbus Dispatch, and WFMJ. Wish us luck, its time to move forward! I will keep everyone up to date if/when I find out the posting dates. Please don't be shy and let m...e know if you see them. I would love to see the responses. Thanks for your support!