Inspire University Blogs on A Call to Faith

John Patrick (J.) Thomas is a four-time cancer survivor who lives with his family in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Jay attended Gettysburg College and The American University before embarking on an entrepreneurial career on Wall Street. Jay turned to the teaching profession after his life-threatening bout with bone cancer. Below is the link to the interview with Inspire University.

Porter-Gaud School Relay For Life

Porter-Gaud hosted its first Relay for Life on Friday night and raised almost $7000 for The American Cancer Society. Around 300 students, faculty, and parents participated in the event organized by Director of Community Service Gretchen Tate and her service leaders. While Porter-Gaud participates in Relay for Life each year, this marks the first time we have hosted an event. The entire track was lined with more than 450 luminarias, each representing someone connected to our School Family who has […]

Yes! The Kindle ebook is FREE again!!

“Free Kindle ebook – A Call to Faith” On August 1,2 and 3rd, A Call to Faith, the journey of a cancer survivor, will be available FREE of charge at the Kindle Store on  The free promotion will only last those three days, so tell your friends and family to get a copy and enjoy the reading over the summer months.  If you read the ebook, I would greatly appreciate a review of it on Thank you as […]

Teenager builds cancer detecting artificial brain

17 year old Brittany Wenger won first place in the Google Science Fair.  Her achievements are nothing short of genius.  Wenger wrote a cloud-based computer program that makes breast cancer detection less invasive. She called it the “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer.” With breast cancer statistics on the rise, Ms. Wenger has taken a great step to advance the progression of detection in this type of cancer.  As with all cancers, early detection is critical in surviving […]

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Cancer Survival Rates

“Cancer Survival Rate” Shortly after the fact has set in to a new cancer recipient, the inevitable question arises shortly thereafter;  what are my chances of survival? The internet is loaded with sites that can give you this type of information.  While it is true, there are many factors to look at when factoring in a survival rate, such as size of the tumor, location of the tumor, age of the patient, etc., etc. If you are going to use […]

The Hard Part

“Book Marketing” The similarities between battling cancer and marketing a new book are frighteningly similar.  Don’t get me wrong, marketing a book is not a life or death matter “for most”, but it has its angels and demons. When fighting cancer, you use all the energy you have within you to fight the growth of the tumorous cells.  This alone is no small task.  Words like “tiring,” “never-ending,” “pointless,” are just a few that come to mind.  The cancer has […]

When Mom or Dad Gets Sick

“Kids and Cancer.” The question always arises when a parent is diagnosed with cancer or some other degenerative disease;  what do I/we tell the children? I can speak first hand on the subject, as a bone cancer survivor.  When I was diagnosed, I had a five year old daughter in kindergarten and a newborn who was birthed approximately a month before my diagnosis.  In my scenario, my children were young, and it makes things a lot different than if you […]

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Now Out! – A Call to Faith

We hope that you have enjoyed this brief exposure to “A Call to Faith”. If you would like to read the complete work, please go to and get your copy. Your support is appreciated and we hope that by sharing my story, we are able to make just one life better as a result. Best wishes and thank you again, Jay