WILMINGTON , NC (WECT) - Doug Ornoff said that when was born, doctors told his parents that he would not live past the age of 21.
Ornoff has cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease that causes mucus to build up in the lungs. He is now 28 and was one of many athletes who competed in Saturday's PPD Beach 2 Battleship triathlon.
"I really have worked very hard all my life to stay on top of my medical treatments, but also to exercise because exercise is really powerful in managing the disease and preventing it from progressing," explained Ornoff.
Ornoff has raised over $15 thousand for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, an organization that offers financial aid to patients with cystic fibrosis. After Saturday's triathlon, he will donate all the money he has raised to the foundation.
He said he has competed in endurance sports before, but has never completed a race as long as Saturday's ironman triathlon.
"I've done one marathon before and I've done several long runs, but going the full 26.2 miles for a run, that's going to be really hard," explained Ornoff.
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