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This presentation is about the 2nd Anniversary of National Indoor Mold Society\'s National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month, We have provided toxic mold facts, the controversy in the medical …

This presentation is about the 2nd Anniversary of National Indoor Mold Society\'s National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month, We have provided toxic mold facts, the controversy in the medical community, incidences, studies, and references.

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  • 1. CELEBRATES THE 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF OUR NATIONAL INDOOR TOXIC MOLD AWARENESS MONTH (NITMAM) Presented by: Letitia Peters, NIMS Executive Director/Founder Final Version: September 14, 2009 Copyright © 2009 National Indoor Mold Society Inc. All Rights Reserved .
  • 2. Disclaimer
    • The purpose of the information presented in this document “National Indoor Mold
    • Society Celebrates the 2 nd Anniversary of Our National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness
    • Month (NITMAM)” is to inform, not treat, or offer legal counsel to the public,
    • health care professionals, or lawmakers about indoor molds/mycotoxins health related
    • issues. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or take the
    • place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician, nor is it intended
    • to serve as legal counsel. Please consult your own doctor or other qualified health
    • Professional regarding the treatment of your medical problem and consult your
    • attorney for legal counsel.
    National Indoor Mold Society Inc. 9/14/09
  • 3. Table of Contents
    • Letter from Letitia Peters, NIMS Executive Director/Founder………………………………….…………..……... 4
    • Acknowledgments from Letitia Peters, NIMS Executive Director/Founder………………………..………… 5
    • History Of National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month (NITMAM) …………………….....….............. 7
    • What Is The Purpose Of National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month? …………………….…............. 8
    • Results from the 1 st National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month …..…………………………............... 9
    • What’s the Controversy?..................................................................................................................12
    • Toxic Mold Facts: Important Mold Facts ………………….……......…………………………………………………….. 13
    • Toxic Mold Facts: Incidences and Health Causes……………....………………………………………………………..14
    • Toxic Mold Facts: Studies ……………………..………………………………………..........……….............................15
    • Frequently Asked Questions ………………………….………………………………………………..............………….… 16
    • National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month References ………………………………….......………………19
    • About National Indoor Mold Society ………………………………….…………………………..............……..…….. 22
    • Next Steps …………………………….……………………………………………………………………………......…............… 23
    • Mold…The Destroyer by 13 years old Arielle Murray ………….……………………………....….......…………. 24
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  • 4. From Letitia Peters, National Indoor Mold Society Executive Director/Founder:
    • September 2009 marks the 2 nd anniversary of National Indoor Mold Society’s National Indoor Toxic Mold
    • Awareness Month (NITMAM). We developed NITMAM to inform, educate, and bring awareness about how
    • exposure to indoor molds and mycotoxins can affect your health. Currently, there are no Federal Government
    • Standards for indoor air quality regarding molds and mycotoxins. We all know that molds are everywhere, but
    • when an abundance of molds are indoors, given the right conditions they can cause serious health conse-
    • quences. Molds and the mycotoxins they produce have affected people from all walks of life and ages. They do
    • not discriminate; even some well-known celebrities have been affected. Even if you can’t see or smell them in
    • your school, workplace, or residence these mycotoxins are capable of affecting you, your family, your co-
    • workers, classmates, or loved ones’ health. This information is provided to inform the public on the
    • preventable health and development problems that may be caused by exposure to toxic mold in your homes,
    • schools, places of worship, and communities.
    • The National Indoor Mold Society is committed to working in partnership with stakeholders, international,
    • national, and regional organizations. We invite organizations, health care professionals, businesses, schools,
    • places of worship, and individuals suffering due to toxic mold exposure to join us in this event. Your help, no
    • matter how great or small your contribution to this effort may be, is needed and appreciated in order to
    • “ spread the word”.
    • We would like to say a great big “thank you” for everyone who supported NITMAM 2008 and now is supporting
    • NITMAM 2009.We hope that you will join us in supporting this massive endeavor, which can only be done
    • by partnering together in order to create ONE VOICE . Let's Break The Mold Together!
    National Indoor Mold Society Inc. 9/14/09
  • 5. Acknowledgements from Letitia Peters, Executive Director/Founder
    • I would like to thank and introduce my new Vice-President, Raquel Burgesson for her support. I know that we will be able to do great things together.
    • I would like to acknowledge the 3 ladies who supported the vision that was provided to me to begin the 1 st National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month last year. I could not have done this without the support of Sharon Pawlak, Lori Tondini, and Iris Brooks. I would like to thank them for believing in the vision.
    • I would like to thank the volunteers for submitting the NITMAM package to their Governors.
    • I would like to thank Dr. William Croft, DVM, PhD., and Medical Pathologist for providing us with the latest information about indoor toxic molds and mycotoxins on the NIMS Internet Talk Shows. We have referred to him as “The Father of Molds/Mycotoxins”.
    • I would like to thank personally the six Governors who issued the 1 st NITMAM proclamation to bring awareness about indoor toxic molds and mycotoxins in their states: Governor Granholm (Michigan), Governor Barbour (Mississippi),Governor Perdue (Georgia), Governor Rendell (Pennsylvania), Governor Crist (Florida), and Governor Gibbons (Nevada).
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  • 6. Acknowledgements from Letitia Peters, Executive Director/Founder
    • Earlier this year, Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 7 was passed designating September 2009 as National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month which was signed by the 75 th Nevada Legislature. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for passing this legislation to Assemblymen Stewart; Aizley, Anderson, Arberry, Atkinson, Bobzien, Buckley, Carpenter, Christensen, Claborn, Cobb, Conklin, Denis, Dondero Loop, Gansert, Goedhart, Goicoechea, Grady, Gustavson, Hambrick, Hardy, Hogan, Horne, Kihuen, Kirkpatrick, Koivisto, Leslie, Manendo, Mastroluca, McArthur, McClain, Mortenson, Munford, Oceguera, Ohrenschall, Parnell, Pierce, Segerblom, Settelmeyer, Smith, Spiegel and Woodbury.
    • Joint Sponsors: Senators Amodei, Breeden, Care, Carlton, Cegavske, Coffin, Copening, Hardy, Horsford, Lee, Mathews, McGinness, Nolan, Parks, Raggio, Rhoads, Schneider, Townsend, Washington, Wiener and Woodhouse.
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  • 7.
    • History Of National Indoor Toxic
    • Mold Awareness Month (NITMAM)
    • In June 2008, Letitia Peters, Executive Director/Founder of the National Indoor Mold Society spearheaded a coalition of organizations and individuals suffering from toxic mold exposure. They were Sharon Pawlak (TN Toxic Mold State Rep) of www.moldhopenetwork.org (formerly called www.moldmadness.com ), Iris Brooks (GA Toxic Mold State Rep) of www.myspace.com/faceoftoxicmold and Lori Tondini (IL Toxic Mold State Rep), a former school administrative assistant and we formed the National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month Planning Committee.
    • The National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month Planning Committee prepared for publication the first Indoor Toxic Mold Proclamation to observe National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month from September 5 to October 5, 2008.
    • We acknowledged that in 2004, a group of organizations, doctors, and mold advocates assembled for one week in September for the 1st National Mold Awareness Week.
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  • 8.
    • What Is The Purpose Of National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month?
    • The purpose of National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month is to inform, educate, and raise awareness about the adverse health effects due to exposure of indoor molds and mycotoxins.
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  • 9.
    • Results from the 1 st National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month
    • National Indoor Mold Society conducted several NIMS Internet Radio Shows . Our invited guests included several mold victims who told their heart-wrenching mold stories, William Croft, DVM, PhD., and Medical Pathologist ( www.edgi.org ), Chrissy and Shane Mann, Mold Remediators ( www.moldremedy.biz ) and Barbara Frank, Author, Lymphologist, and Holistic Health Practitioner ( www.barbarafrank.homestead.com ).
    • We had 20 Indoor Toxic Mold Proclamation State Representatives representing 18 states who filed the NITMAM proclamation and 1 International Representative.
    • Six Governors from the following states issued National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month Proclamations: Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Georgia, and Nevada (one week). We thank these Governors for their acceptance of these proclamations and their commitment to healthy indoor environments.
    • Even though the Tennessee Governor denied the NITMAM proclamation, Sharon Pawlak of www.moldhopenetwork.org , (formerly www.moldmadness.com ) declared Tennessee National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Week from September 21 to 27, 2008. A NITMAM display was set up outside of grocery stores and many people picked up toxic mold fact sheets/flyers, as well as, completed Mold Data Sheets. In addition, Sharon Pawlak, author of It’s All In Your Head participated in book signing events where she talked to attendees about her family’s horrific mold saga. It's All In Your Head brings to life the painful realism of mold, mycotoxins, and disease.
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  • 10.
    • Results from the 1 st National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month (continued)
    • However in Mississippi, the Mississippi Indoor Toxic Mold Proclamation State Representative Tommy Riley ( www.moldcankillyou.com ) decided to take the signed Mississippi NITMAM Proclamation, his family’s story, and the press release to every media outlet within a 200 mile radius of his home. As a result, he was interviewed by Clarion Ledge News/Jackson, MS and WLOX informed viewers about the devastated effects that toxic mold caused him and his family.
    • Earlier this year, Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) No. 7 was passed designating September 2009 as National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month which was signed by the 75 th Nevada Legislature. In the ACR No. 7 it states that, "the Legislature recognizes that by increasing awareness about indoor toxic mold, we can prevent needless hazardous conditions that take the lives of thousands every year and adversely affect the health and well-being of many more.“
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  • 11.
    • Results from the 1 st National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month (continued)
    • Julie Campbell wrote an article “Georgia Indoor Mold Awareness Month September 2008” which was featured in the August 2009 edition of the Georgia Environmentalist, the official publication of the Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA). To learn about GEHA, visit www.GEHA-online.org.
    • Many organizations and businesses across the nation recognized and supported NITMAM 2008.
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  • 12.
    • What’s the Controversy?
    • First, there are two schools of thoughts in the medical community:
    • One group believes that molds cause allergic responses only (i.e. asthma, fungal sinusitis) and the other group has “scientific” evidence showing that inhalation to mycotoxins causes adverse health effects and not just allergic responses only, but the controversy continues. Second, we do not have any federal laws governing indoor air quality for molds.  
    • Finally, we have two bills pending, which are stalled in the U.S. Congress
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  • 13. Toxic Mold Facts: Important Mold Facts
    • People are routinely exposed to more than 200 species of fungi indoors and outdoors . There are sixty species that produce the 180 trichothecene mycotoxins.
    • Mycotoxins kill other things, like bacteria and viruses, so mold can continue to grow.
    • The American Cancer Society lists aflatoxin mycotoxins as known human carcinogens. The FDA has enforced regulatory limits on aflatoxin concentrations in foods and feeds since 1965.
    • Mold spores, whether dead or alive, can cause adverse health effects.
    • Molds also produce a large number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals are responsible for the musty odors produced by growing molds.
    • According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    • There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
    • Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
    • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
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  • 14. Toxic Mold Facts: Incidences and Health Causes
    • Incidences:
    • It is estimated that 500,000 deaths occur yearly in the United States due to exposure to indoor toxic mold.
    • According to an EPA study, an estimated 50% of our nation’s schools have problems linked to poor indoor air quality.
    • Health Causes:
    • Mycotoxin exposure can lead to toxic injury that may include multiple illnesses, affecting the skin and the nervous, vascular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, urinary, and immune systems; including the formation of cancers and can be life-threatening.
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  • 15. Toxic Mold Facts: Studies
    • In the mid-1990's, a study conducted from Cleveland, Ohio, involved infants who had died suddenly from unexplained pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding of the lungs). Upon investigation, the researchers found that the infants resided in homes with high levels of Stachybotrys atra, linking Stachybotrys atra exposure to serious health effects and even death. A government study is now being conducted, with findings to be released in 2010.
    • A 1997 Mayo Clinic study found that 96% of recurring sinus infections are caused by fungus in the sinuses. When participants were treated with anti-fungal sinus sprays, recurrence of infection was considerably less, and in some cases, no recurring infections were noted.
    • 50% of the 937 children tested in a large multi-city asthma study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health showed sensitivity to mold, indicating the importance of mold as an asthma trigger among these children. Molds are thought to play a role in asthma in several ways. Molds produce many potentially allergenic compounds, and molds may play a role in asthma via release of irritants that increase potential for sensitization or release of toxins (mycotoxins) that affect immune response.
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  • 16. Frequently Asked Questions:
    • What are molds?
    • Molds are a common name for fungi. Molds are microscopic organisms that produce enzymes to digest organic matter and mold spores to reproduce. These organisms are part of the fungi kingdom, a realm shared with mushrooms, yeast, and mildews. In nature, molds play a key role in the decomposition of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. Molds need moisture to grow.
    • What are mycotoxins?
    • Mycotoxins are toxic vapors produced by mold spores when they sporulate, or grow, and have serious health effects on humans and animals. Mycotoxins are so poisonous that they have been used as a biological war weapon. Stachybotrys chartarum is the most studied and well-known toxic mold. It is known to produce trichothecene mycotoxins. Aspergillus produces aflatoxin mycotoxins. Aflatoxins are among the most carcinogenic substances known.
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  • 17. Frequently Asked Questions: (continued)
    • How do you get sick from mycotoxins?
    • Mycotoxins enter the body through inhalation, ingestion, or contact with the skin, and can result in a multitude of symptoms including but not limited to: dermatitis, cough, rhinitis, nose bleeds, cold and flu-like symptoms, headache, general malaise and fever.
    • How can exposure to indoor mold and mycotoxins affect your health?
    • Mycotoxin exposure can lead to toxic injury that may include multiple illnesses, affecting the skin and the nervous, vascular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, urinary, and immune systems; including the formation of cancers and can be life-threatening.
    • Can mold grow inside the human body?
    • Yes. Certain species of molds referred to as “body temperature molds” can live and grow inside the human body, causing recurring infections and numerous other health problems as well as death.
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  • 18. Frequently Asked Questions: (continued)
    • Should you use bleach to clean mold?
    • No. Bleach combined with certain mycotoxins and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) may cause brain tumors and other serious health issues, including death. OSHA does not recommend using bleach in mold remediation. Ammonia dissolves some molds and neutralizes the mycotoxins. It is important to follow safety guidelines when using cleaners to remove molds. Consult the EPA website for proper personal safety equipment when removing mold. If mold growth is over 10 square feet, the recommendation is to contact a professional who is experienced in cleaning up mold; either a reputable, certified industrial hygienist (CIH) or a qualified mold remediation company.
    • Where can you find additional information about molds and mycotoxins?
    • You can visit these websites for additional information: www.nationalindoormoldsociety.org and www.moldhopenetwork.org .
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  • 19.
    • National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month References
    • Here are the references to support the Toxic Mold Facts and the Frequently Asked Questions:
    • Aflatoxins - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aflatoxins#cite_ref-0
    • American Cancer Society-Known Human Carcinogens/Agents and Groups of Agents. Known and Probable Carcinogens.
    • http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_1_3x_Known_and_Probable_Carcinogens.asp?sitearea=PED
    • Croft, William, DVM, PhD., and Medical Pathologist. National Indoor Mold Society Internet Talk Show-May 12, 2007. Episode 1
    • http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/audioPop.jsp?episodeId=21450&cmd=apop
    • Croft, William, DVM, PhD., and Medical Pathologist. National Indoor Mold Society Internet Talk Show-June 16, 2007. Episode 5 http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/audioPop.jsp?episodeId=24340&cmd=apop  
    • Croft, William, DVM, PhD., and Medical Pathologist. National Indoor Mold Society Internet Talk Show-November 18, 2007. Episode 7
    • http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/audioPop.jsp?episodeId=65154&cmd=apop
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  • 20.
    • National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month References (Continued)
    • Croft, William, DVM, PhD., and Medical Pathologist. National Indoor Mold Society Internet Talk Show- May 17, 2008 Episode 10
    • http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/audioPop.jsp?episodeId=114563&cmd=apop
    • Dearborn DG, Yike I, Sorenson WG, Miller MJ, Etzel RA. Overview of investigations into pulmonary hemorrhage among infants in Cleveland, Ohio. Environ Health Perspect. 1999 Jun;107 Suppl 3:495-9. Review. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10346998?dopt=Abstract
    • Institute of Medicine. Clearing the air: asthma and indoor air exposures . Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2000.
    • Minnesota Department of Health/Indoor Air Quality in Schools- http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/schools/index.html
    • Morgan WJ, Crain EF, Gruchalla RS, O’Connor GT, Kattan M, Evans R 3rd, et al. Results of home-based environmental intervention among urban children with asthma . N Engl J Med 2004;351:1068–80. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/publications/books/housing/cha05.htm
    • Study Implicates Fungus As Cause of Chronic Sinusitis, September 9, 1999- Rochester, MN- Mayo Clinic Study. Doctor’s Guide Global Edition http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/129e7e.htm
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  • 21.
    • National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month References (Continued)
    • Stachybotrys Induced Hemorrhage in the Developing Lung - Clinical trials NCT00011700 - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Study Start date- January 1999- Estimated Study Completion Date-February 2010 http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00011700
    • United States Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration- A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace -Mold Remediation/Cleanup Methods-Use of Biocides http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101003.html
    • US EPA/Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings- Investigating, Evaluating, and Remediating Moisture and Mold Problems . Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). http://www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/ier.html#Mold%20Remediation%20-%20Key%20Steps
    • Wannemacher, Robert, Wiener, Stanley L. Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare- Chapter 34: Tricothecene Mycotoxins . Textbook of Military Medicine, Published by the Office of The Surgeon General, Borden Institute, Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington, D.C. Office of The Surgeon General United States Army, 1997. http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/medaspec/Ch-34electrv699.pdf
    • Wood, G.E. Mycotoxins in foods and feeds in the United States J Anim Sci 1992. 70:3941-3949. http://jas.fass.org/cgi/reprint/70/12/3941.pdf
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  • 22.
    • About National Indoor Mold Society
    • The National Indoor Mold Society Inc. was founded in November 2006 and is a non‑profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c ) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), including but not limited to:
    • Educating the public, health care professionals, and the lawmakers to bring awareness that exposure to indoor molds and mycotoxins can cause adverse health effects and should be recognized as a serious, widespread disease.
    • Collaborating with researchers or fund research in order to get “scientific data” which addresses the adverse health effects due to exposure to indoor molds and mycotoxins.
    • Providing support, information, and guidance in the form of seminars, individual counseling, and community programs for people exposed to indoor molds and mycotoxins to improve their quality of life, and
    • Providing a safe, healthy, and habitable environment for people exposed to indoor molds and mycotoxins.
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  • 23.
    •   Next Steps: 
    •   Ask Yourself the following questions:
    • Are you suffering from multiple illnesses and your doctors do not know the root cause of your illnesses? Do you feel better when you leave your workplace, school, place of worship, or your residence? Does your workplace, place of worship, school, or residence have any water leaks? Do you see any water-stained ceiling tiles or black soot like dust appearing on surfaces?  Does your indoor environment have a “musty smell”? Have you heard about Sick Building Syndrome or Building Related Illness? If you answer “yes” to any questions, there is a strong possibility that you may be exposed to indoor molds and mycotoxins, which is affecting your health. Knowledge is Power. For additional information, visit the following websites: www.nationalindoormoldsociety.org and www.moldhopenetwork.org .
    • What can you do?
    • This is a massive endeavor to “get the word out”. The National Indoor Mold Society is committed to working in partnership with stakeholders, international, national, and regional organizations. We invite organizations, health care professionals, businesses, schools, places of worship, and individuals suffering due to toxic mold exposure to join us in this event. If you are interested in being a volunteer or partnering with the National Indoor Mold Society, visit wwww.nationalindoormoldsociety.org for additional information. You can also follow the National Indoor Mold Society by joining us on Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter .
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  • 24.
    • Mold….The Destroyer 
    • Only 13 years old exposed to mold
    • People don’t understand, even when they are told.
    • For five whole years, we didn’t know what was making us ill
    • All my parents could say is it must be God’s will.
    • One doctor said one thing, one doctor said another
    • All I know is I almost lost my mother.
    • She laid in bed for two whole years
    • All I saw come out of her eyes were tears.
    • I kept on saying what’s wrong with you
    • All she said is “Arielle I wish I knew.”
    • Two years before, she took me to school,
    • She went to my brothers baseball games,
    • She came and watched me at gymnastics,
    • She was my mom, she was cool.
    • Mold took over her life, It took over all of our lives.
    • All my dad wanted was his old wife.
    • Then we all started getting sick headaches, and burning nose,
    • Our whole bodys hurt, from our head to our toes.
    • It not only effects your body, but also your brain
    • Once your exposed you will never be the same.
    • We tried everything we could think of and then lost our house,
    • All we have now is each other and love,
    • I pray to God every single night
    • Make us the way we use to be, make everything alright.
    •  
    • The End
    • By: Arielle Murray Age 13 Mold….The Destroyer
    • Published in 2005
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