TAMPA, FL (WJHG/WECP) Call it an Olympics like atmosphere down in the Tampa area, and one Mosley alum is competing in that environment along with a few thousand of his fellow warriors!
Mosley alum Dalton Mask competes in seated volleyball as part of this month's Warrior Games in Tampa.
Dalton Mask is a 2015 year graduate of Mosley, who went into the Army back in 2017.
Not long after he enlisted, he was diagnosed with a serious brain tumor. Now 21, Dalton continues to fight that illness, but he's not simply sitting around getting treatment. No he's out on the road competing!
Part of his treatment, as Dalton told us from Tampa Wednesday, led him to competing in these "Warrior Games", where wounded veterans compete in a variety of sports. In Dalton's case, he's competing in both seated volleyball and golf!
"So every since I was diagnosed back in October of 2017, I was stationed in Germany. They had to Medevac me back to the states. I had to pursue treatment. And they wanted to station me at a WTB (Warrior Transition Battalion) Clinic at Fort Stewart(Georgia). And Fort Stewart offered me, asked me if I wanted to participate in the Wounded Warrior games and I was more than honored to have the opportunity. And I'm more than honored to be here."
I asked Dalton how much he is getting out of taking part in these games, and is it accurate to say this is a kind of therapy as he battles his illness?
"Oh most definitely. Being out here is an honor. I mean when you come out here and see what everybody's going through, and see all the wounded warriors, and you get to tell your story, and you get to receive theirs, it's truly inspirational. So you could call it therapy."
And a big part of that is keeping the competitive juices flowing, especially when that comes agains the other branches of the service!
"Oh it means a lot to me. I'm a very competitive person. Team Army all the way. You've got to take the competitive side, but take the other side as well. That's being out here with everybody, but it's definitely a competition, team Army's got it."
Dalton says his family is not only a big part of his ongoing treatment, but also a big part of his taking part in these games!
"Oh most definitely, having my family down here means the world to me. Because they've been my support group the whole time I've gone through treatment. Everything I've been through they've been there, whatever I need. They've been there, there to support me and lend a helping hand, whenever I need it. And having them here, just knowing I can look up and see them in the stands, it makes me proud. And I know I'm making them proud. It gives me that feeling you know, to push on and keep going and do my best."
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