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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Oh yeah, almost forgot to post…Marathon #41 (ND)✅! NINE more! Sporting my @theellenshow t-shirt 🤩.Beautiful #mainlymarathons course around a lake, but afterwards is when the craziness began 🤪 Friday was my fastest marathon of the week b/c I knew we had to drive 4hrs to catch our ✈️ back for the @solacoffee #solahotmini5k on Saturday…and of course our flight was delayed 🤦‍♀️ We hopped from RAP➡️DAL➡️CLT, rented a @turo at 2am, drove back to Raleigh so DP could be the Sola race coordinator and I could do the 5k! 🙌 Then we 😴 HARD for like 14 hours before driving back to CLT to return the car 🙄 But we got to take part in the #ibelieveinjeanne celebration and see everyone coming together to #endALS so it was ALL TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! 💚💚💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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At the #solahotmini5k on Saturday, standing with my heroes: Jeanne, living through ALS with grace that has inspired the whole @solacoffee community, AND my world renown neurologist, Dr. Rick Bedlack of the #dukealsclinic…wearing his Batman suit in honor of National Batman Day 🦹 He is truly a superhero to the ALS community!.Still looking for the words to express my gratitude to the 1000+ runners who participated to #endals and support the Luther family. It was a HARD, beautiful, heartwarming / heartbreaking day filled with all the emotions that make us human 🤍🖤💗.Final totals are still being tallied but to be sure it blew us all away. Stay tuned! I will be (happily) writing thank you notes for months 💌.#ibelieveinjeanne 💚💚💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Marathon #40 (SD) ✅! START THE COUNTDOWN 🙌 I can’t believe #30 was just in MAY in Montana…or that this was my 15th marathon this year 😳🤯.The #mainlymarathons course was in a beautiful campground by a lake and mercifully flatter than Nebraska. The day started cool & windy 🌬 but ended sunny & hot 🥵 necessitating a complete mid-race outfit change — thank you Sherpa DP! 😘.Driving through WIIIDE open North Dakota grasslands & resting up for #41 tomorrow!! 💚💪 ... See MoreSee Less
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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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