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Winter 2017
Muscle Man
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April 9th, 2016 show in the heart of the Anthracite Coal Region, Pottsville, Penn- sylvania. He had a diicult time winning the title, and not with training, diet or aerobics. I mean surviving to even be on stage in any bodybuilding show.
hadwick Thomas is the new 2016 Mr. Anthracite Natural winner. He also won his Pro NGA card at the
well in his life until shortly after he graduated from high school. He was in a bad motorcycle accident in 2005. He lost 10% of his skin when he slid along the roadway, and his gas tank burst into lames. He tore his ACL in his left knee and sufered two slipped discs in his lower back.
A subsequent infection in his knee turned a 4-month recovery into a 10-month recovery. He
ballooned from 188 pounds to 265 pounds.
While working out to take of the weight, he discovered he loved the gym and lifting. He became interested in bodybuilding in 2007. His good friend, Renee Blackburn, encouraged and inspired him to enter a bodybuilding com- petition and taught him about nutrition and training. He trained without use of steroids and won the Novice competition at the 2010 NGA Mr. Natural Philadelphia Bodybuilding competi- tion. He went into two more shows and this year he won the NGA Mr. Anthracite Natural title (a regional Pro Qualiier show in its fourth year of existence.) The show is open to those who work, live or go to school in the ive county region known as the Anthracite Coal region. Ironically he lives in Minersville, PA. When he won the contest, the local Pottsville Republican - Herald newspaper, used the headline. “Minersville Man wins Mr. Anthracite Natural title.” He trains at Champ’s Gym in Minersville.
Chadwick works at Hexcell in St. Clair, PA, which makes helicopter and airplane parts. Last year he and his mother went to the Geisinger Hospital Miracle Network weekend in June and helped with the event. He plans to be on the telethon next year to tell his amazing story to inspire parents of preemie babies that their future can be bright. n
Thomas was born twenty-eight years ago in Northeast Pennsylvania. Thomas weighed just over 3 pounds at birth. He was born 12 weeks early.
Penny Copeland, his mother, said she was working three jobs in 1987 when she was preg- nant with Chadwick. She was away from home and with a friend, when her water broke. Doc- tors held of labor for two days, but inally the doctors determined the baby had to come out. Thomas had to be resuscitated and underwent emergency blood transfusion. He was sent to the regional Geisinger Medical Center in Dan- ville, PA. He spent many days in isolation with tubes and wires everywhere. He was 45 days in Geisinger Hospital and was allowed to go home at just over 4 pounds.
He was so small that his mother dressed
him in doll clothes. Chadwick was on a cardio respirator for 21 months and also had other com- plications. He was severely allergic to milk, citrus, cocoa, soy, pineapple, and cranberries. She had to read the labels on everything she ofered him for meals. He also underwent physical therapy just so that he could hold his head up.
By 2, he was a strapping toddler, and by 8 his allergies diminished. At one point he was even pudgy for a time. At 14 he was a head taller than the rest of his youth football team. All was going
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