Philip D’Angelo

Philip D’Angelo


I am Philip D’Angelo, or Phil, a divorced 50 yr. old New York native who now resides in Charlotte North Carolina. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996, I thought nothing of it as all I had was a slight limp and occasionally slurred my speech. As the disease progressed, greater disabilities ensued, whereas I felt the world was coming to an end. Unfortunately,I was forced to retire in January 2001. I thought and felt like life really sucked.

After a few years, I developed a different perspective, although walking with a walker, I was still upright and becoming content with my situation. Days were quite the roller coaster ride, but my personal demeanor was getting better. Disability once again increased progressively whereas my wife of 20 years left me in March 2011 stating “I’m not the guy she married”. I thought the world was ending again. Over the ensuing 11 months, my life changed again. I forced myself to change my outlook again. Total transformation, go to the gym, new social circle, go shopping, a new found independence. I’ll leave it there, as I can write a book, in fact, I actually am.

I am a positive person, and with the help of my maker, I will go around, over, underneath, or thru any obstacle before me.


  • What happened? Why are you in the Wheelchair?

    Have Multiple Sclerosis

  • Why did you get started?

    Love a challenge

  • What made you want to become a Wheelchair Bodybuilder?

    To become more fit, and challenge myself to a higher level

  • How did you go about doing it?

    Staying focused, perseverance and driven, having a goal

  • What motivates you?

    The challenge motivates me, the socialization at the gym, my desire to be better and get cured, which I will

  • Do you have any suggestions or tips for others?

    Suggestion; ???NEVER GIVE UP???

Contest history

• Amateur Contest History

2012 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 1st Place

2012 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 2nd Place