Michael Holtz is a thriver, a word he prefers over “survivor” of Stage 3b rectal cancer. He has embraced the second chance he was given at life by sharing the life lessons he learned during his cancer journey as a motivational speaker and as author of the book, It’s Not Harder Than Cancer: The Mindsets You Need to Survive and Thrive After Serious Illness. He lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with the lovely Sarah, and their rescue dog, a Golden Bassett named Marley. Michael and Sarah have a great life filled with love and support from their friends and family.
Michael is a long-time public relations and marketing practitioner, currently plying his trade as a part-time account coordinator for z11 communications. He also works as the Director of Community Assessment and Health Promotion for the Knox County Health Department. He previously was the Regional Media Advocacy Director for the South Region of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, and he is accredited in public relations by the Universal Accreditation Board and the Public Relations Society of America.
He can be reached through his website, www.michaelholtzonline.com, on Facebook @MichaelAndrewHoltz and on Twitter @michaelholtz.