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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5 hours ago

Team Drea Foundation
Congratulations to our Go On Be Brave filmmaker, Miriam MJ Beckman, for winning another Emmy last week! Check out the gorgeous, touching piece here: fb.watch/4197aNTbHg/ ...
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2 months ago

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Crazy huh?! But thanks to YOU, we have donated more to ALS research this year than any other 💚 .In this challenging year, it was our great honor to support the hard work of @alstdi, @dukealsclinic, @alsncchapter, @projectals in honor of @teamchriscombs.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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2 months ago

Team Drea Foundation
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 😆.Check out the custom decals — swallow wings & all 50 states that I can check off with a swallow sticker once completed ✅ Truly grateful! 💚💚💚 #Repost @catrike with @make_repost・・・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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Please listen to the medical ethicist @SecMandyCohen @NC_Governor @ncdhhs @meganranney

When it Comes to Vaccination, the Terminally Ill Shouldn’t Be Forgotten—They Should Be Prioritized
by @JamieDWebb in @arcdigi

https://arcdigital.media/when-it-comes-to-vaccination-the-terminally-ill-shouldnt-be-forgotten-they-should-be-prioritized-b844fdf1fa8e?source=social.tw

We're begging you @ncdhhs, @SecMandyCohen, @NC_Governor -- we won't survive if we get covid. Please stop putting healthy people in front of 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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