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Michele Battista with President’s Volunteer Award

Celebrating 10 years of safe job landings with April being national volunteer month, Empowering Today’s Professionals (ETP) salutes the rocket fuel makes it possible for members to succeed in today’s volatile business climate; our Volunteers

As a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, ETP is highlighting outstanding members in April to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Overcoming serious, life threatening health challenges, Michele Battista has been that guiding light for other ETP members, leaders and her community. Here is her story, in her own words . . .

Empowering Today’s Professionals has taught me that its all about networking and it is! 

For me it is more than just networking for a job or helping others network for a job. It is networking to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer.  March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month as declared by my local mayor, the Governor of NJ and the President of the United States.

It also coincides with my 2 year cancer-versary of my colon cancer surgery.  I was one of those people that went for their preventative colonoscopy at 50 and heard the dreaded words, “You have cancer!”

For me, it is all about paying it forward with raising awareness of the #2 cause of cancer related deaths in the USA. It is preventable!  I don’t want to hear that the prep is awful, because it is a cake walk compared to surgery and chemo.  If you don’t have insurance, I know that some Good Neighbor Pharmacy stores are giving away free test kits this month.  There are companies and organizations that also provide these kits.

Last October I was asked to be one of many featured in The Community YMCA’s annual support campaign in Red Bank, NJ.  I am a huge promoter of their free Livestrong program for cancer patients because it helped me to recover from the effects of 6 months of chemo.

I am sharing my cancer journey for the March editions of some local magazines and next week’s Penn Medicine – Abramson Cancer Center Blog for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  I leveraged my friendships with the editors to get my story out there.  By talking about my colon cancer journey, it raises awareness.

Ann Hager, co-owner of Mulberry Market in Colts Neck is helping me to paint my town blue by placing blue bows on the columns of Town Hall and the Library for National Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 7th.  Ann is a friend who helped share my journey and was happy to help raise awareness.

Stephanie Laurino, Head Librarian at Colts Neck Library created a display of books on colon cancer, the Colts Neck Proclamation and Colon Cancer flyers to raise awareness.  My Friends of the Library volunteer hat helped make this happen.

I signed up for the Jersey Shore Undy 5000 where you are encouraged to run in boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer on July 19th in Long Branch, NJ.  I am on the RB Gastros team from my gastroenterologist’s office and hope to once again be in the top 10 for fund raising for this great event that helps sponsor Colon Cancer Awareness needs at Monmouth Medical Center,

Networking is not only about who you know but who they know!  So by liking or commenting on this story, you share my journey with your friends and help me raise awareness this month.


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