Our HERO Jon Colbert


Jon Colbert, age 52, is definitely not a quitter. His personal relationship with Jesus Christ and love for his family give him the strength to push forward each day. Although he deals with cancer, he continues to be a warrior against this dreaded disease.

Jon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2008. However, he noticed changes in his body over eight years prior to that. Doctors didn’t look for the disease because he was young, active, and healthy in every way. Jon has gone through hormone therapy, radiation and is currently on chemotherapy. Because the cancer was not detected in early stages, it had become aggressive and surgery could not stop its spread to other parts of his body. Two years after being diagnosed, his cancer had metastasized to his bones. Jon has stage IV incurable cancer.

Right after being diagnosed, Jon's brother gave him a yellow Livestrong bracelet which is Lance Armstrong's non-profit organization to help find cures for cancer. Through Jon’s research of this organization, he realized how Lance's positive outlook on life and active lifestyle helped him successfully overcome both testicular and brain cancer. Livestrong connected Jon with other people fighting cancer. This support group made Jon aware of the importance of staying positive and overcoming obstacles while living with this disease.

Jon has been chosen as the 2011 Livestrong Leader for his area and as the representative of his congressional district and state to be part of the One Voice Against Cancer Lobby Day in Washington, DC this May.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in American men after skin cancer. It tends to be a slow-growing cancer, but there are also aggressive, fast-growing types.  One out of six men will have prostate cancer in his lifetime. Although this type of cancer can be treated successfully, it can be overlooked. Screening tests can find the disease early, sometimes before symptoms develop, when treatments are most effective. When it is found early, there is nearly a 100 percent chance for cure. Jon's mission is to make all men aware of this type of cancer and realize the importance of getting a simple blood test to check their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) yearly.

Jon appreciates having his family and friends at his side during this critical time. He continues to fight this amazing battle with the support of his wife, Rhonda and their two sons - Joshua (Salt Lake City) and Nathan (Atlanta). Nathan and his wife Lauren are expecting a baby in October. Jon and Rhonda are excited to meet their first grandchild.