University of Texas at Austin alumnus Jay S. Lefevers has written his compelling memoir titled “Cancer on the Brain” (Emerald Book Company. June, 2012). He will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., in Austin, 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 6.
The book chronicles a rollercoaster five-year period of Lefevers’ life, during which he coached a rough-and-tumble Little League All-Star team to victory, saw his appraisal company named to the “Inc. 5000” list, and raised three children with his wife – all while battling a brain tumor, surviving multiple operations, and then unexpectedly being diagnosed with lymphoma.
Lefevers grew up in Austin, attended Westlake High School, and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 1984, and his Master of Business Administration in finance from Baylor University in 1986.
“More than anything else,” Lefevers said, “my life-threatening health challenges taught me the absolute necessity of being your own strongest healthcare advocate. I hope ‘Cancer on the Brain’
can help people see that if you don’t fight for the care you or your loved ones deserve, it can be a matter of life or death.
“I went from being a husband, father, businessman, baseball coach, and runner who thought he had all his ducks in a row, to being someone who woke up every morning in survival mode, with a tumor in my head the size of a plum and a growing incapacity to walk,” said Lefevers. “I was fighting for my life, but also fighting to be able to provide for my family and my business – on which 10-15 employees depended for their livelihood. At the same time, I didn’t want my physical problems to affect the chances of the inner city Little League team I was coaching – young boys and girls from our community who were battling their own hardships on and off the ball field.”
Lefevers, 50, founded his real estate company in Phoenix in 1992. That company, now called Lefevers Viewpoint Group, was named to Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list in 2008 – recognized as being one of the fastest growing companies in America. An inveterate entrepreneur, Lefevers has often invested in new businesses, and commercial buildings, and since 2010 has been an investor in Hollywood films such as 2011’s “Another Happy Day” starring Ellen Barkin and Demi Moore.
Lefevers and his wife Lyn reside in Phoenix and have three college-age children: Briana, Adam, and Olivia. “Cancer on the Brain” is his first book.