Jody Schoger

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Sarah Jo McCready Schoger, a writer and advocate for cancer patients and survivors, died of cancer on May 18, 2016. She was 61. Jody, as she was called, was born on June 25, 1954 in Syracuse, New York to Raymond and Sally McCready (nee Williams). Jody graduated from Marshalltown High School in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1972. She met her future husband, Steven C. Schoger, during her freshman year at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. They married May, 31, 1975. Jody graduated from Kent State University in 1979 with a degree in communications and began her career in public relations. In the first 18 years of their marriage, Jody and Steve lived in Cleveland, Chicago, Victoria, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. They moved to The Woodlands, Texas in 1992, where Jody worked in public relations for the Houston Advanced Research Center and The Woodlands Symphony. In The Woodlands, Jody and Steve were members of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church where Jody served as a Stephen Minister. Jody was an avid cyclist, along with her husband, and rode in the MS 150, The Bicycle Tour of Colorado, and R.A.G.B.R.A.I. Jody was first diagnosed with cancer in 1998 and was cancer-free for 15 years after treatment for the disease. During that time she read extensively about cancer and new treatments for it. She started a blog in 2009, Women With Cancer (www.womenwcancer.blogspot.com) where she shared what she had learned and offered support to other women who were cancer patients and survivors. Later in 2009 she joined Twitter and found a digital community of other writers, doctors and patient advocates who felt as passionately as she did about improving information about cancer for patients and providing support to patients during and after treatment. Jody co-founded an online community (#bcsm on Twitter and www.bcsm.org) that launched in July of 2011 and quickly gained a significant following on social media and generated glowing press in USA Today and Forbes. Weekly online chats and ongoing support continue to this day, with thousands of women from all over the world turning to #bcsm to find answers and emotional support. Jody spoke at Stanford's MEDX conference as well as many others all over the country, advocating for cancer patients and addressing the value of using social media for cancer-related topics. In April 2013, Jody was diagnosed with a recurrence of her cancer; she continued to blog and participate in national conferences and ongoing #bcsm activities for as long as she could. She was referred to hospice care in early April of this year and passed away peacefully at home. All who knew her will remember Jody for her tremendous compassion, superior listening skills, her great heart, and her laughter. Jody is survived by her husband Steve, of The Woodlands, Texas; her brother, Ray McCready (Patty) of Dorset, Vermont; her brother Dennis McCready (Ginger) of Marshalltown, Iowa; her sister, Megan McCready and nephew Tyler McCready of Montgomery, Texas; nephew Jim McCready (Barb) of Kansas City, MO; nephew Dan McCready (Amy) of Marshalltown, Iowa; nephew Jared McCready of Clear Lake, Iowa; niece Courtney McCready (Arnie) of Seattle, Washington; niece Emily McCready of Arlington, Virginia; and several great nephews and nieces. A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, 4881 West Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, Texas, 77381. The service will be followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. The family requests that contributions in Jody's name be directed to the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church for mission work, or M D Anderson Advanced Breast Cancer Center of Excellence (by writing a check to MD Anderson and putting on the memo line, "for Advanced Breast Cancer Center of Excellence (ABC COE)."


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