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Saturday, April 12, 2014

#Volunteer Hall of Fame: Michele Battista

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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.

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