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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Crazy huh?! But thanks to YOU, we have donated more to ALS research this year than any other 💚
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In this challenging year, it was our great honor to support the hard work of @alstdi, @dukealsclinic, @alsncchapter, @projectals in honor of @teamchriscombs
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A HUGE shoutout to @solacoffee & their Hot Mini 5k, and as always, to the Kollme fam for believing in our documentary — we love you! 💚💚💚
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So excited to finally share the MOST BEAUTIFUL gift!! In FL @catrike presented me with a new FOLDING trike (AND carrying bag!) to make the next 25 marathons so much easier when we have to fly! NO MORE BUBBLE WRAP 😆
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Check out the custom decals — swallow wings & all 50 states that I can check off with a swallow sticker once completed ✅ Truly grateful! 💚💚💚
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Earlier this month, we had the honor of delivering a new Catrike Trail to Andrea Lytle Peet. Andrea was diagnosed with ALS six years ago and is riding her Catrike Pocket (or Trail) in 50 marathons – one in each state. Her new Trail features custom graphics, wings on the crossbar and all 50 state abbreviations under the seat. A swallow marks each state in which Andrea has completed a marathon – a nod to her tradition of getting a new swallow tattoo for every year living with ALS. Follow her journey at teamdrea.org.
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Last Sunday, Andrea Peet of @teamdreafoundation checked off marathon number 25 on her journey to do a marathon in all 50 states post ALS.
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The first interview I ever did with Andrea, one of the things she said that has really stuck with me was when she was asked about being an athlete with ALS. Andrea responded, “I’m an athlete first. That’s what I have been and what I continue to be. I just so happen to have ALS now but I always want to be seen as an athlete first.” Last Sunday, I got to see those words and that mentality of a true athlete put into action. Andrea had been struggling with a strained back the week prior to the marathon and she is continuing to go to PT for ongoing tendonitis in her knees. Three days before the marathon it was impossible for her to get in and out of bed without assistance. Something about the mentality of elite athletes that has always fascinated and inspired me, is their drive to do what it seems others cannot. When faced with impossible odds, impossible circumstances and very real pain, elite athletes say ‘watch me.’ And that’s exactly what Andrea did. She was careful. She listened to and assessed her body. She had ice packs waiting for her along the route. And she had a pain threshold that if she crossed it she would stop. But she still was going to try. And not only did she try, she did it! She crossed off marathon number 25 and @beckman.brian , @markwmcspadden and I were honored to be there to capture her tenacity and grit.
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As the sun rose over Andrea right at mile 7, this image felt like a fitting metaphor for the last year. 2020 has been challenging and it’s been dark. As we set out to film Sunday morning it was pitch black and we were unsure what the next 26 miles would hold. We were ready for the best and also prepped for if she had to quit. But as she hit her stride and the sun rose overhead, I watched from my little drone screen and knew I was witnessing something special. I was witnessing someone who has a WHOLE lot more grit and tenacity to give to the world as the ATHLETE that she is. Cheers to you Andrea!
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Another day, another amazing outfit: @ABC11_WTVD spoke with our Rick Bedlack and his latest decorated, 1-of-a-kind suit and what each symbol means: https://abc11.com/rhinestone-doctor-dr-rick-bedlack-als-patients/9907242/

For years I’ve been working w/ the ALS community to increase research opportunities & ensure those impacted have the support they need. We’ve made progress, but even w/ promising treatments in clinical trials, patients unable to enroll in those studies have few treatment options.

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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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