Planet Thrive founder named Rare Life “Survival” runner up

by | Feb 21, 2013 | Chemical Sensitivity News, Electrical Sensitivity News, Featured, NEWS | 7 comments

Eagle Rare Life AwardEagle Rare Bourbon, sponsor of the 2013 Eagle Rare Life Award, has named Planet Thrive founder Julie Genser as one of its Rare Life Award runners up. Julie was selected as the “Survival” runner up for her ability to survive and thrive with environmental illness. A donation of $3,000 will be made in Julie’s name to her housing non-profit re|shelter as the prize. Julie is honored to have been chosen for this award and is thrilled for re|shelter to be the recipient of this donation.

Julie was nominated for the Rare Life Award by her friend Scott Killingsworth, who also has environmental illness. Her story and photos were placed on the Rare Life Award website for a public voting period in late October 2012. Over the next two months, thousands of people voted for Julie’s story, garnering her 7,834 total votes. This put her in the top 20 nominees, and up for consideration of the grand prize of $30,000. Julie is incredibly grateful to the small army of voters from the online chemical sensitivity community that made this award possible. Without their daily votes and efforts to spread the word, her story would not have been reviewed for the award.

Eagle Rare Life AwardOne Grand Prize winner was chosen and the charity of their choice will receive $30,000. Six runners up were selected; one each for Courage, Leadership, Survival, Heroism, Devotion, and Character. Runners up will all receive a donation of $3,000 made in their name to their favorite charity. You can read more about the contest and winners at the Eagle Rare Life website.

Re|shelter will be sharing about how the funds will be used in the coming months. Both Julie and re|shelter send a huge thank you out to the environmental illness community for helping to make this happen. Julie says,

I feel so blessed to have witnessed the MCS community coming together to vote and make our presence known in a big way. Almost 8,000 votes in two months time – that makes a huge statement to the world that environmental illness exists, and is an important issue to a lot of people on our planet. In these days of online grants and awards, having a virtual bloc of voters is an important and powerful tool for any disadvantaged community. It’s one beautiful way we can all access personal power in a world that has stripped us of so much. I am so pleased to help spread awareness of our plight in this positive light – as a survivor who reached beyond the confines of her four walls to touch the lives of others.”


  1. Jodie

    Congrats Julie!!!

    So happy for you, well deserved! :-D

  2. earthwalker

    Thanks Jodie!! xx

  3. Holly

    Huge, Humungus, top-of-the-world, heartfelt thanks for your hard work here at Planet Thrive!! You deserved the #1 award, of course, as you are #1 to us; but, we are equally happy & proud to say Congrats & Best Wishes Earthwalker for a well-derserved runner-up award!!! As you survive, we all survive-as you win, we all win in the MCS/EI/Mold/Lyme community!!! You go girl!!!

  4. Julie

    Thank you so much Holly for such a lovely comment! So sweet of you. xxx Julie


    Congratulations Julie I am so happy for you! Thank you so much for all that you do for all of us out here! I am so glad to have found Re/Shelter and Planet Thrive. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people! You are amazing! Congratulations again!

  6. Amelia

    WoooooooooHooooooooooo!! glowing with pride, Missy J…you are the most deserving recipient, EVER! So many will be blessed by your incredible achievement! xx

  7. kimmergy

    such wonderful bliss Ms. Julie….may this and many many more bounties come your way. appreciate u and the causes u support w/ such grace.

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