Ilian and Cathy Roberts both exemplify the meaning of character and courage and have overcome many hurdles to get to where they are today. Ilian lived his first years of life like no child should ever have to. At a very young age Ilian was severely abused by his birth mother. While in the hospital, Cathy Roberts asked Ilian if he would like to come home with her. Unable to change the past, they now live each day looking forward to a great future. Ilian, a senior at Deer Valley High School and a future NAU nursing student, has been successful in track and field and is the ultimate example of resilience. Cathy has adopted four sons and is someone they will always respect.