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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16 hours ago

Team Drea Foundation

Come run or volunteer with us at the West Creek 5K in Richmond on September 15th & get your 2019 Andrea’s Ale! Athletes of all ages and abilities are welcome & you can enjoy a beer after the race at the Hardywood Brewery. All proceeds benefit ALS TDI on their quest to #EndALS.

For more information and to sign up, visit runsignup.com/Race/Events/VA/Richmond/HardywoodALS5K
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We are SOLD OUT of our Cary Cornhole Classic tickets! Thank you to everyone who helped us fill up more than a month before the event! Our teams are full, but there are still a couple of tent and court sponsorship options available. For more information check out our event website at carycornholeclassic.com or email andrea@teamdrea.org. ...

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1 week ago

Team Drea Foundation

When I gave up my cane for a walker 4 years ago, I donated it assuming that stage was over. My core was just too unstable. But Mischa Decker at InsideOut BodyTherapies is an absolute genius. WE have worked so hard (and laughed so much!) on the way to this moment 💚💪 #pilatesismyjam ...

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Come run or volunteer with us at the West Creek 5K in Richmond on September 15th & get your 2019 Andrea’s Ale! All proceeds benefit ALS TDI on their quest to #EndALS. For more information and to sign up, visit https://t.co/a0jh6p3DHg

When I traded my cane for a walker 4 years ago, I donated it assuming that stage of #ALS was over. My core was just too unstable. But Mischa Decker at @IOBT_Pilates is an absolute genius. WE have worked so hard (and laughed so much!) on the way to this moment.

#pilates #bebrave

What an incredible night at @TheNCCourage vs Manchester City game. Announced to the crowd as the first person with ALS attempting to complete a marathon in all 50 states. Honored to award the Player of the Match trophy to the World Cup winning @J_Mac1422!

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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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