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October 19, 2022

Angelo Pentaris shares his incredible journey from overcoming cerebral palsy to becoming a professional drummer and motivational speaker. Angelo’s mission is to empower people to move from faith to fear and tap into their full potential."

Get a backstage sneak peek at how the TEDxAthens speakers and performers experienced the big event and live the talk from their perspective through the podcast series “After the Talk - A TEDxAthens Podcast”: Angelo Pentaris spent his early years in and out of hospitals. Born prematurely and hooked up to machines in order to breathe, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was told he was a tetraplegic. According to the doctors, Angelo would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair and would be permanently unable to live independently.

At 9 months old, Angelo began intensive physical therapy, which became his first priority for the next 17 years of his life.

At age 14, an injury caused Angelo to use a wheelchair for the following 2 years. After having worked hard to develop an active lifestyle, he was once again told that his chances of walking again were less than 20%.

At that time, Angelo discovered the drums. Lighting a fire within him, drumming became his primary motivation towards getting better.

Fast-forward to today, Angelo has managed to overcome a disability that could have taken over his life. He is a drummer, a motivational speaker and a fitness enthusiast.

Angelo believes that everything starts with a positive mindset. As he never gave up nor taken “no” for an answer, he is eager to share his story with the world. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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