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. Since diagnosis, she has completed 35+ marathons, half marathons or triathlons on her recumbent trike. Her new goal is to complete a marathon in all 50 states.

Go On, Be Brave. Make A World Without ALS

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Thank you to @embodiedwunc for sharing the story of how we try to love each other well, despite a terminal illness like #ALS! Listen to the story featuring me, DP & @thelifeofmesmilemagee — link to full interview: www.wunc.org/show/embodied-radio-show/2021-06-17/dating-romance-with-terminal-illness ...
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2 weeks ago

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Marathons #35 (WI) & #36 (MN)✅✅! 14 to go! 💚💪.Another #mainlymarathons series, so back-to-back races Thursday & Friday — AMAZED at all the people doing all SEVEN days in a row 😳🤯.HUGE thanks to @howzityall for adventuring with me to the Midwest — staying along the Mississippi, triking/biking LaCrosse, braving a cotton candy cocktail, and connecting so marvelously with WI/MN news media to raise awareness about ALS & Team Drea. You are without a doubt, the BEST cheerleader! 📣 ...
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4 weeks ago

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Thanks to my fabulous intern, we are going to start posting my race schedule at the beginning of every month. So if you’re in the area or know someone who is, we can connect at the race! 💚💪.Looking forward to hanging out with @howzityall on the banks of the Mississippi while we wait for Mainly Marathons to catch up with us 💚💚🙌 ...
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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.

The only approved drug for ALS (riluzole), only extends life expectancy by 2-3 months.

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