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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3 days ago

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Yasssss!!!! Katie Brooks Elliott and I FINALLY got to run a race together! The #aspenvalleymarathon was THE most beautiful race ever 😎 And with 1450’ of drop, I basically cheated...but that’s State #10! 💚💪 #endals #nowhiteflags ...

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4 days ago

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That time we put the trike on a ski lift 😳 #rockymountaintrike ...

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THRILLED to Introduce Aubrey Jones -- Team Drea's first Social Media Coordinator & Admin Assistant!! What Aubrey has done in just a few weeks would have seriously taken me MONTHS (if I ever got around to it at all!). Thanks to her, I can focus more on the big picture than the minutiae that had been bogging me down. Aubrey is a recent NCSU grad with a degree in Communications & minor in Graphic Communications and has interned with several local charities -- in other words, she's PERFECT for us! Welcome Aubrey!! ...

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STATE #10! The #aspenvalleymarathon is SO beautiful and with 1450' of drop, I hardly had to pedal my @Catrike! 20% of the way to becoming the 1st person w/ #ALS to complete a #marathon in all 50 states! #endALS #nowhiteflags

THRILLED to Introduce Aubrey Jones -- Team Drea's first Social Media Coordinator & Admin Assistant! Thanks to her, I can focus more on the big picture than the minutiae that had been bogging me down. Welcome Aubrey!!

Sometimes one photo sums up your race. I'm exceedingly grateful to be able to work this hard. Thank you @FSSeries for being #inclusive and for ALWAYS putting on such an awesome race. #endALS #nowhiteflags #fsseries1206

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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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