I just came across this story of a Visalia, California teen, Ciera Sesock who just ran is the New York City Half Marathon after being diagnosed last year with a chronic lung infection and disease caused by the mold known as Aspergillus. It has been estimated by scientists, that there are 600,000 deaths annually worldwide as result of this fungus.

The 13-year-old girl suffers from what is known as “allergic Broncho-Pulmonary Aspergillosis.”

Pulmonary aspergilloma is caused by colonization and proliferation of Aspergillus in the lungs. The fungus mixes with mucus and cellular debris within the lungs to form a aspergilloma or fungal ball. It is caused by the inhalation of the Aspergillus fungal spores. The symptoms include a excess mucus, a cough, coughing up fungal balls, chest pain, sputum, hemosputum, hemoptysis or fever.

Channel 30 ABC News reported that her mother had Ciera decided to run in the race this past December in order to honor her aunt who passed away from lung cancer two years ago.

Ciera ran the half-marathon for the American Cancer Society and finished the 13-mile run in two hours and 36-minutes.

She also received the Tim Cohn Award for inspiration last night, according to Channel 30 ABC News.

Link: http://abc30.com/community-events/teen-with-rare-illness-defying-all-odds-by-running-nyc-half-marathon/3232023/