Diane Fagan Robinson

Horatia Diane Fagan Robinson — a three-time cancer survivor who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at the young age of 43 — is on a remarkable mission to educate women on the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease.

In 2003, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, chose Diane as one of 60 heart patients from around the country to participate in its rigorous WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium. The nonprofit WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, aims to ensure that every woman receives early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment for heart disease.

In 2005, Diane was diagnosed with vaginal and kidney cancer. She endured weekly chemotherapy for six months and in 2006 her left kidney was removed. The vaginal cancer returned in 2018 and part of her vaginal wall was removed. However, she never lost faith in her God.

In 2002 — a few months after retiring from a 33-year career with the federal government — Diane earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University). Her goal is to apply what she learned to benefit other women in her community. Diane speaks at health fairs, to women’s organizations, faith communities and employee groups to educate women about their heart disease risks and how they can reduce them.

Her involvement with Peace on Patuxent is driven by her desire to help women dealing with cancer to find peace and comfort.