Jody Schoger

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 ( 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 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)."

Published by The Woodlands Villager from May 20 to Jun. 2, 2016.
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Rest in peace, Jody. You're in a far better place than this cruel world. Jody's experience and advocation for cancer helped me, and I am saddened to hear about her passing. My condolescence to the family.

Love from across the globe.
May 9, 2021
I just received a message that the guest book is coming offline soon so I felt compelled to write one more time.
Jody wherever you are I know you are the light you always have been.
Every time I see white butterfly's on my trail runs and sparkles on the sea I think of you. There are two doves now that regularly fly ahead of me on my run and it makes me think of you also.
People never completely leave us. Their spirit is all around us I really believe this.
Shu and myself will sprinkle the sand she wanted to send Megan from Omaha beach on a long warm summers night in August and we will write Jody in the sand and let the sea take it back out with it. Never forgotten. All my love and even if I won't write here again you will be in my thoughts and out on the trail with me and on beaches many more times.
Vanessa Reid
June 15, 2016
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember about Jody. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences.
George & Kashay Mendes
May 28, 2016
Please accept my condolence. Jody has been a fantastic person who we worked together of how to provide better care to patients with advanced disease. We will miss her very much.
Naoto Ueno
May 27, 2016
Jody was such a beautiful person. She will be missed by all who knew her. So sorry Steve.
Kurk Nielsen
May 27, 2016
Steve, I am so sorry for your loss, and the loss to the world. Jody's cheerfulness and bravery were inspiring. Among many memorable rides and meetings with the two of you, the Bicycle Tour of Colorado in 2007 will always stand out in my memory, including our small group hike at Copper Mountain on our day off.
Steven Crews
May 26, 2016
Jody helped me considerably when I was going through cancer treatment. Even though Iam a nurse,I did not know and was afraid to ask many of the important questions. Jody already knew how to present the information in a comforting way before I even asked. I cherish the Blanket she and other WCC girls made for me. She was a ball of fire for sure and biked the same way! We will miss her, but her spirit is with us! Steve our condolences.
Jackie & Chuck
May 24, 2016
Steve and family, we are sorry for your loss. Jody will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Vanessa and Scott Beard
Vanessa BisseyBeard
May 24, 2016
Steve, our heart goes out to you. You have our deepest sympathy. Jody always brighten a room and possessed a positive and uplifting perspective on life and faith. What a gift she was to all who knew her. I'll be forever thankful she was in my BFS group years ago, along with the bike club and seeing her at other community happenings. You're in our hearts and prayers. Ken and Micki Mensio
May 24, 2016
Steve and family, please accept our condolences on the loss of your beloved Jody. I see she has left quite a legacy and we only wish that we could have known her better. The very first time we rode with the club was with you and Jody in a Woodlands ride from Starbucks. That day back in 2007 kicked off a passion for cycling that carries forward to this day. May she rest in peace.
Barry & Therese Sallenbach
May 24, 2016
Jody, you will be missed greatly by all of us in the WCC. Rest In Peace. Light UP your star in heaven so that you can guide your family on the right path
The Vincent's
May 23, 2016
Steve and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jody's kindness and grace will always be remembered. She blessed all who knew her. Prayers and love.
Peggy and John Murdock
May 23, 2016
Jody, you are missed.
Evan Stein
May 23, 2016
Jody you were a wonderful soul and you will be dearly missed.
Barry Rogerson
May 23, 2016
You are an inspiration to all of us. You fought a good fight and your legacy of research will continue on. I'll never forget you.
My most sincere condolences to Steve and your family.
Ingrid Seade
Ingrid Seade
May 23, 2016
Jody, you are truly special lady who will be missed greatly by so many people you have touched.
Alan Charley
May 23, 2016
You continue to be an inspiration to many in the metastatic breast cancer community. Your thoughts will live on and the imprint you made on our hearts will last forever.
Sandra Spivey
May 23, 2016
To a brilliant and courageous friend who brought sunshine and hope to all of us. Jorun
May 23, 2016
Jody and I first met when she joined my Breast Cancer Support group in 1998..she brought laughter and comfort to our special members, Theresa and Judy...Rest well in Paradise my sweet Jody, you lived life well
Sue Goldasich
May 23, 2016
Love and peace with the Holy Spirit.
Nancy Paseman
May 22, 2016
A charming, funny, compassionate lady I was lucky enough to call my dear friend.
Liz Wright
May 22, 2016
Losing Jody is a devastating loss to the MBC community. She showed such compassion and love to us all. She will be missed more than I can put into words. My condolences to the family.
Racheal Mckillip
May 22, 2016
You will be greatly missed .You were an amazing advocate. and your grace and sense of humor was a true gift. Thank you for all you did and all of the people who were blessed to know you and share any part of your life. RIP my friend . Until we meet again
Marie Borner
May 22, 2016
Jody's impact crossed waters. Firstly we communicated via the impact she made as an advocate and I discovered this when I found #bcsm when I was as an advocate myself with LAF. After I moved to France in 2013 I discovered more of the other side of Jody I hear more about now. Her fun and enthusiasm and the love she told me she had for France. I regret we missed meeting up in ATX 2012 while I was in Texas for a LS Assembly and I wish Jody had made it over to France to ride her bike with us. But there should be no regrets as they are simply my own. Jody impacted so many people and made an invaluable intellectual contribution to the cancer community and she touched and comforted so many individuals as well. A life lived full to the brim with value,service and care for others. Her legacy will live on. Much love to all of her nearest and dearest and I cannot know the path you walk at the moment. It is beautiful you will be having a celebration of her life on the 28 th. So fitting and wonderful. Myself like many others will participate in #bcsm tomorrow night. As I said her impact crossed waters as I will be setting my alarm in Monaco to participate. Vanessa ( Monaco, Monaco Ville)
Vanessa Reid
May 22, 2016
I miss you, Jody. Thank you for your tireless effort in bringing awareness to metastatic breast cancer. I will continue the fight to eradicate this disease, in your memory.
Dawn Cunningham
May 22, 2016
Jody, you were a great inspiration to me when I met you at a woodlands cycling club ride. Those early years were rough because I did not have the knowledge yet, but you rode beside me and inspired me and gave me advice I still use today. I will always remember our last time together when we ate dinner with Peter Waeldheim and chatted about various topics. God bless you and Steve and may the angels sing your name.
With love
Bill Garner
Bill Garner
May 22, 2016
Jody, you were a very special person, and it was an honor to know you, and be touched by you and your kind friendship.We will miss you.
Diane & David Stanley
May 22, 2016
The light of your love and work continues to illuminate.
Meredith Gould
May 21, 2016
As one who knew Jody mostly online (we administered a Facebook group together with several others diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer), I speak for many in the cancer support community when I say how much Jody will be missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends.
Barbara Westfall
May 21, 2016
For Jody and her family. With special love to Megan.
Alyssa Stebbing
May 21, 2016
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