CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- A local woman is headed to the Ms. Wheelchair America competition.
Angela West, of Chesapeake, was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Virginia on March 21 in Fisherville.
Angela will compete against over 30 contestants from across the country for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America in Des Moines, Iowa, July 27 - August 2.
During the week-long program, contestants will participate in a leadership institute, mentoring events, and multiple judging sessions.
Angela received a Master's of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and works as an Asian Cultural Broker for the Center for Family Involvement at VCU.
She uses a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy which happened at birth.
Angela enjoys writing for her blog, working with youth with disabilities, spending time with her friends and being active in her church. She describes herself as determined, compassionate, gracious, diligent,and faithful.
Angela's platform for advocacy is Empower the Ability in Disability. Her motto of inspiration is "Be the Change You Want to See."
She hopes to become a published author who shares her story about overcoming life's obstacles.
In addition to being named Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Angela was the recipient of the Ms. Congeniality Award.
Donations to help Angela spread her message can be made here.