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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Marathon #44 NJ ✅! “Perfect” might be too strong but it was pretty close…Jillaine Baker trained SO HARD all summer for a sub-4hr marathon and we came in at 3:56 🙌 She nailed the splits too — it was so great to be with her, watching her goal get closer and closer, mile by mile, until it became a medal🏅Add in a beautiful blue sky, mostly flat course, fans on the streets, HUSBANDS…the only thing missing was Jillaine’s sister Jodi Klyn. THAT would have made it perfect..We still hate ALS and what it’s done to our families, but it has built some pretty badass strong women & friends 💚💪. Also so wonderful to see DP’s parents & aunts, Deborah Peet McKenty & Betsy Roche. Love you! 🥰🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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We had such a fun time at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek 5k!! SO many Davidson College friends, including Ashley Griffith Kollme who won🥇 the women’s division in her first race in 5 years (& her daughter came in 🥈 in the kids fun run). Too many people to tag but thanks to Eric McKay for hosting us at their BEAUTIFUL brewery & to Shaw for promoting it & driving up from SC 🙌.PS: Got a pre-taste of Andrea’s Ale and it is DELICIOUS!!!!! 🍻🍻🍻#Repost @hardywood with @make_repost・・・The third annual West Creek 5K for ALS is in the books! 🏁 thank you to @teamdreafoundation and all of the participants in this year’s race making it a huge success. Over the past three years, we’ve been fortunate to donate thousands of dollars to @alstdi and their cutting edge research to #endals, due to the great support from our community. Cheers to running for a great cause, because a beer tastes better at the finish line 🍻 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Crazy, fun, BUSY October continues tomorrow at the @hardywood West Creek 5k as we celebrate their 10 year anniversary & hang out with @davidsoncollege friends ❤️🖤 The Andrea’s Ale isn’t quite ready yet but all the more reason to come back soon!! @alesforals #drinkingforacause ... See MoreSee Less
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People with ALS are our partners in ALS research. Through our Precision Medicine Program (PMP), @ALSTDI has been partnering with people with ALS from around the world to learn more about ALS and disease progression. http://www.als.net/precision-medicine/?cta=tt

Dr. Bedlack, DP & I will be on @TheDoctors tomorrow (5/12)! For local listings, go to http://thedrs.tv/watch. @dukealsclinic #TheDoctors #endALS

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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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