In January 2015, Dell was on the beach in Laguna, California when he began to feel pain in his limbs, joints and muscles. Within 10 hours, he was covered in a purplish rash. His partner rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles where he was placed in intensive care. Dell was diagnosed with serogroup B meningococcal disease, and was fighting for his life.
He spent nearly three months in the hospital followed by two months at home in recovery. Five months after his initial diagnosis, he decided he would have to have his legs amputated below the knee.
Less than a year after becoming sick, Dell returned to work as color director and master colorist at Spoke & Weal LA, learned how to walk again with his prosthetics, and started to compete in CrossFit competitions. As a T.E.A.M. member, Dell helps raise awareness about meningococcal disease and its prevention. He also helps support adaptive athletes around the world.