About Robin Cole

RobinColeRobin Cole - Robin was born in Compton, California, on September 11, 1955. A former NFL All-Pro linebacker, he is an entrepreneur and dynamic speaker and motivator.

After watching their father and uncle die from undiagnosed prostate cancer, three of Robin's brothers were diagnosed with the disease.

Robin realized his chances of developing cancer were increased, but did not know he already had it. In September, 2004, a routine physical revealed a PSA of 3. Although not considered high, he underwent a prostate biopsy. He had cancer.

Getting tested at the right time saved his life. He was 49 – the same age his father lost his fight with the disease. He underwent surgery and remains cancer-free. He is a healthy husband, father, and grandfather. His mission is to make a difference in men's lives by educating them in the importance of physical exams and PSA testing.

A Message from Robin Cole

I have often heard people say "life comes and goes." As I have grown older and look back, time seems to have gone by rather quickly. When I was a young boy, I couldn't wait to grow up. I wanted everything to happen "now." I couldn't wait to drive, to graduate from high school, go to college, play football, get drafted in the NFL, get married, have children... things couldn't happen fast enough.

Oddly enough, I soon discovered that I wanted this process to slow down... just a bit. The years were going by faster than I wanted. I know now, after having faced and survived prostate cancer that as our lives continue moving forward, ever so gracefully, it brings both wonder and excitement and times so difficult that we are shaken to the core. It is those very times that mold us and cause us to become better people.

It is easy to become discouraged and want to give up, but we don't. We reach in, dig deep, further than we ever realized was possible and we find the strength to overcome. Learning to overcome our challenges is what makes up the fabric of our lives, so that it resembles a beautiful quilt. Every day of our lives, good or bad, represents a square of that quilt, some bright and colorful, some dark and dismal... yet they are all connected together to tell our story.

I have learned that we are not alone when it comes to facing difficult times. I know that God never gives us more than we can handle. There are human beings in place to help us, but, also – and more importantly to me – there is spiritual help.

We must strive to be aware of what is happening in these unique, miraculous bodies that God has created. There are no two of us alike. We are different heights and weights, colors and backgrounds. But, we are all men and we face our own unique challenge. We get prostate cancer. It does not discriminate. It strikes us in the prime of our lives, silently... and can be deadly. It steals husbands, fathers, brothers and sons.

But the very, very bright side is that early detection can save these lives. A simple rectal exam and PSA blood test is all that is needed. Be diligent and get educated. That is what saved my life, the lives of four of my brothers, and countless other men. Please join me in this fight. May God bless us all.

Robin Cole