Roberta Cheever knows the true meaning of determination.
Though she was born with birth defects that resulted in 70 surgical procedures throughout her lifetime, including hip and shoulder replacements, she refused to let that define her. In the 1960s, Cheever was a member of the team that wrote the first computer program for long-distance phone calling.
“You have to be determined to get what you want in life,” Cheever says. “You’ll find a way to get around your problems if you’re thoughtful about it. I was trained to think outside of the box. Growing up handicapped, I learned what I could and couldn’t do. I learned I could do things that maybe other people couldn’t.”
Much like Cheever channeled her strengths in the face of adversity, she created the Herbert and Roberta Cheever Scholarship in hopes of inspiring the next generation of physicians to pursue their passions no matter the obstacles.