Our Mission

The Team Drea Foundation supports bold, innovative research to find a cure or effective treatment for ALS.

We see raising awareness about this devastating disease as an opportunity to inspire people to live bravely, love joyfully, and appreciate the gift of life.

Our Founder

Andrea Lytle Peet was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 at the age of 33. In eight months, she went from completing a 70.3-mile half Ironman triathlon to walking with a cane.

Remarkably, she has continued to participate in races on her recumbent trike. In May 2022, She became the first person with ALS to do a marathon in all 50 states!

Go On, Be Brave. End ALS.

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About ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive neurological disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When motor neurons that connect nerves and muscles die, people lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement. Without stimulation, muscles become weak and atrophy. Most people with ALS become totally paralyzed as they lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and breathe.

Every 90 minutes, someone with ALS dies and another person is diagnosed.

The average age of diagnosis is 55; however, cases of ALS also appear in people in their 20s and 30s.

Military veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. Athletes also seem to be more susceptible. No one is sure why.

The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is 2-5 years. 20% live 5 years or more; 10% percent live more than 10 years.

There is no effective treatment for ALS. The only approved drugs for ALS only slow down the decline by a few months.

Team Drea headed to Greensboro this week to hear the incredible @aaronscottlazar share his ALS journey and message of hope through story and song in 🌟The Impossible Dream!🌟 Aaron shared his unique perspective of receiving an ALS diagnosis as a talented broadway actor and devoted parent. He is BRAVEly conquering the daily “dis-ease” caused by ALS by working to heal the whole body - mental, spiritual, and physical - all while continuing to thrive and appreciate the beautiful moments in life. His “Impossible Dream” to beat ALS is our dream too, and listening to Aaron’s unique perspective made finding a way to #endALS feel a bit more possible! Go check out Aaron’s page for more info on The Impossible Dream and to pre-order his CD of Broadway hits! 💚 Huge thanks to @jmalsfoundation for organizing this inspiring event and for their continuous hard work to provide caregiver services and empower families as they face the challenges of actively living with ALS. 💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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WOW, thank you so much to EARresistible by @swansdesign for this amazing custom Team Drea jewelry set! Andrea was so surprised to receive these gorgeous items from her friend Martha @fitfabfifty64. Andrea cannot wait to rock these at upcoming screenings (and you’re probably getting a pair for xmas, lol 😉). Contact @swansdesign to create your own custom jewelry – the woman is a talented genius! ... See MoreSee Less
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So grateful to the disability & outdoor advocates of Northampton, MA for hosting a screening of @go_on_be_brave! Close to 70 people attended the screening and reported feeling inspired to live life to the fullest after viewing the film! 💜 🎥 🍿 ⭐️ Thank you @aoaalloutadventures @nohoneighbors , @allbodiesonbikes_westernmass , @fntrails, @nohobikeclub, @massbike , and the @cityofnorthampton Disability Commission! All Out Adventures strives to “promote health community and independence for people with disabilities and their friend through outdoor recreation” – which aligns perfectly with Andrea’s story and our @teamdreafoundation mission of inspiring people to live bravely, love joyfully, and appreciate the gift of life as we raise funds for ALS research. 💚💚 Thank you, All Out Adventures and partners, for helping bring Go On, Be Brave to your local community 💚💚 Are you interested in screening Go On, Be Brave for your friends or organization? Contact us via PM to learn about our easy to use hosting kit! ... See MoreSee Less
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