Grandfather of Illini super recruit Ayo Dosunmu shares inspirational story

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Dale Moss (second from left) and his family celebrate the avid runner's longest race (13.1 miles) since his Parkinson's diagnosis eight years ago. Dale is a speaker and champion for a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation. Dale Moss (second from left) and his family celebrate the avid runner's longest race (13.1 miles) since his Parkinson's diagnosis eight years ago. Dale is a speaker and champion for a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation.
Dale Moss' racing bib proudly displays his fondness for his grandson Ayo Dosunmu, who will be suiting up for the Illinois basketball team this fall. (courtesy: Dale Moss on Twitter) Dale Moss' racing bib proudly displays his fondness for his grandson Ayo Dosunmu, who will be suiting up for the Illinois basketball team this fall. (courtesy: Dale Moss on Twitter)

CHAMPAIGN -- He could have pouted, indulged in self-pity or given up his love for running.

That's just not Dale Moss' style.

"Frankly, that doesn't do much good, does it?" the experienced marathoner said of his Parkinson's disease diagnosis eight years ago.

On Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium, Moss landed his latest blow against the disease when he completed his longest race since that fateful moment nearly a decade prior.

He might not be able to pump his legs like he could in his 40s when he completed the likes of the Boston Marathon, but the significance of what he achieved in Champaign this weekend was much greater.

First on Friday he got to speak about his passion subject, a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS. He received the treatment a year ago and now works diligently to popularize it. Quite simply, he was amazed by the results.

Then Saturday hit, and after the triumph of finishing the race came perhaps the best part of the weekend experience: a surprise cheering section formed by his family. The Dosunmu clan drove down from Chicago at 6 a.m. to support Grandpa Dale, camera phones at the ready to record the moment.

In this WAND interview, Moss shares his inspirational story of overcoming adversity, why he's passionate about the cause, and what makes him proud of his grandson Ayo Dosunmu, a five-star basketball recruit whose arrival on campus this fall is highly anticipated.

To support Dale's mission and to hear more about his journey, visit his website.

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