Your vote needed – MCSer is a week away from winning $10K

by | Jul 25, 2012 | Chemical Sensitivity News, Electrical Sensitivity News, Featured, Mold Illness News, NEWS | 6 comments

Lou Anne CottinghamLou Anne Cottingham is in a tight race to win $10,000 through a contest being run by real estate company RE/MAX. She received enough votes in the first phase of the contest to put her as one of the top ten front runners for the big prize. Now she needs the support of the chemically sensitive community to push her to the winning spot. With the prize money, Lou Anne hopes to find a safe home to live in. A former missionary, teacher and coach, Lou Anne spent much of her young life ministering to the needs of others. Now she needs help herself. She writes in her essay on the RE/MAX website:

Homelessness, related to Chemical Sensitivities and Toxic Mold, is a hidden crisis that falls through the cracks in this country! My goal is to acquire land in its natural state, building safe cottages to accommodate myself, as well as others, that our bodies may rest and begin to heal.”

Public voting starts today, Wednesday, July 25. You can vote once a day, through next Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The grand prize winner will be announced August 2.

To vote for Lou Anne’s story, click here: Longing for a Place to Call Home, then click on the red “vote” button. You will be asked to fill in a captcha code and input your email address. It’s as simple as that. There is an easy “share” button you can click to post this story to your Facebook page and other social media sites.

Alternately, you can go to the RE/MAX homepage and find Lou Anne’s story “Longing for a Place to Call Home” there. Click on the red “vote” link to place your vote.

When one of us with severe chemical and mold sensitivity wins, we all win. Please make the effort to vote for Lou Anne every day this next week and share widely on your social media pages. If Lou Anne wins this contest, it will bring much needed media attention and validation to the issue of homelessness for those with MCS. Please vote today for each of us struggling to tolerate our homes, or searching for a safe place to rest our head each night.

Good luck Lou Anne!

  • Earthwalker

    Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


  1. Sonny Ochs

    Go, Lou Anne!!!

  2. Sonja Hedlund

    Keep up the fight…a model for many others.

  3. Nancy

    Glad to see this post. Will be supporting you daily via votes, Lou Anne, in your quest for safe housing!

  4. earthwalker

    We need more votes, people!!! PLEASE start voting every day until next Wednesday!! The winning story has close to 2500 votes today and Lou Anne has about 500. If we don’t make up the difference soon, she will fall very much behind. This is a unique opportunity we have to help someone in their housing fight and also to bring awareness to our issue. Let’s blow the socks off everyone and bring her votes up to 5,000 today. Send this article to everyone you know and ask them to vote!!!

  5. Lena Rothman

    I move and had to change my email address.Please put me back on the list.
    Thanks in advance.
    Lena Rothman

  6. Deb

    I can’t believe you don’t have more votes. Hoping and praying for the best for you!

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