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. She is closing in fast on her goal to be the first person with ALS to do a marathon in all 50 states!

Go On, Be Brave. Make A World Without 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.

Meet Jodi, another beautiful friend I never would have met if not for ALS. It killed her mom Dawn in just over a year, leaving Jodi and her 5 siblings reeling with grief. Jodi & Jillaine have raised more than $40,000 to honor their mom’s memory..On this very day 7 years ago, I lost my first friend with ALS and I too was reeling – regretting that I had opened up my journey and welcomed in new friends that I would hurt when I died. Jodi said something to me then that I’ve never forgotten – she said “I am not ok and I realize that I am so thankful that I am not ok.” Being not ok is what keeps Jodi talking about her mom to her kids, thinking of her as she’s parenting, when she’s running. And that’s what keeps her spirit alive and present.💚#WhatsYourBrave#ALS50for50teeamdrea.org/als50for50 ... See MoreSee Less
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As part of ALS Awareness Month, we are introducing you to some ALS warriors who have inspired Andrea. #WhatsYourBrave #ALS50for50 ... See MoreSee Less
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We’ve gone global! 🌍 Meet Leslie & Ayleen @asports_by_ayleen_rehr, aka Team Drea in Germany! Their #ALS50for50 Challenge is to eat 50 vegetables before my 50th marathon 🥦 Ask yourself #whatsyourbrave and choose your challenge related to the number 50. Register at teamdrea.org/als50for50 and help us get 100 new participants in May to earn an extra $10,000 for ALS research 🙌.Wir sind jetzt global 🌍 Leslie & Ayleen sind ein Teil von Team Drea in Deutschland! Ihre #ALS50for50-Challenge besteht darin, vor meinem 50. Marathon 50 Gemüsesorten zu essen 🥦 Fragt euch #whatsyourbrave und wählt eure Herausforderung in Bezug auf die Zahl 50. Registriert euch unter teamdrea.org/als50for50 und helft uns, im Mai 100 neue Teilnehmer zu gewinnen, um zusätzliche $10.000 für ALS-Forschung zu verdienen..Can’t wait to see what auto-caption has to say 🤣 ... See MoreSee Less
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On May 12th on the National Mall, @iamalsorg placed 6,000 flags representing those suffering from ALS as well as those who died from it.
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For me, it’s extra bittersweet knowing I used to run that Mall…when I could run.
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#whatsyourbrave
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#endALS

Andrea’s goal of 50 marathons is one race closer. Our goal of growing her social media following is 14% closer. And with your help, her daily goal of encouraging her followers, friends and fellow athletes to appreciate what their bodies can do can extend that much further.

This past weekend, I was able to participate in my own Boston Marathon on my trike to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion for athletes with disabilities. Thank you to @WRAL for sharing my story! #WhatsYourBrave

https://www.wral.com/raleigh-native-with-als-competes-in-her-own-boston-marathon/20241806/

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