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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This beautiful world is dimmer today because it has lost Pat Quinn. He eye gaze typed this to me 2 years ago and I am often reminded of it when I am down. But that’s just the type of guy he was, you know, in addition to raising $220M globally through the #icebucketchallenge. Thousands of similar comments are streaming in today from the ALS community and all those his life touched 💙. Rest easy, sweet warrior — you changed the fight for all of us and we will carry on your legacy. #quinnforthewin #endALS ...

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Grateful to this team for staying on the journey with us 💚
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A sunset // sunrise kind of moment.

A little over a year ago, @beckman.brian and I were in Hawaii. We had the incredible opportunity of documenting Andrea Peet as she completed marathon #11 in her quest to be the first person, post ALS diagnosis, to do a marathon in all 50 states. We had an aggressive documentary plan, production and post-production included following Andrea, her husband Dave, and the team that makes up @teamdreafoundation for one year as she checked off marathon after marathon. We would wrap filming at marathon #21 – Alaska! We’d then pull off an intense 4-month edit followed by submissions to film festivals with the goal that Andrea could use the documentary to promote her remaining marathons and raise awareness for ALS research.

And then Covid. And then marathons started to get cancelled.

We were quickly faced with the reality that California, Washington, Delaware and ultimately Alaska would not be happening in 2020 and our best laid plans were going to need to slowwwww dooowwwwwn. We were also processing the reality of what postponing by 1-year meant for someone diagnosed with ALS. In a disease whose life expectancy is 2-5 years, Andrea had just celebrated her 5-year anniversary. She’d already beaten these cruel odds and done it while making long term plans. Long term goals. Some might rightfully call it a rebellious act in the face of such a disease. And now we were looking at pushing back, not just by a couple of weeks, not by a couple of months, but by an entire year!

Andrea and Dave made the brave decision to push on. Our production would be extended by one full year. We would now follow them for 2 years and hopefully it could all still culminate in Alaska (now Marathon #31). We will see. If this year has taught me anything, it’s to hold things loosely and be ready to adjust plans.

It felt like a sunsetting kind of moment. Where you see someone faced with what feels like impossible odds (again) and yet they rise to the moment with courage and strength.

To learn more about the film, “Go On Be Brave,” check out the link in my bio.
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Medal Monday x3! 🏅🏅🏅@howzityall & I are home from our 12-day road trip for me to do marathons in IL (#22), KS (#23) and MO (#24)! Shaw was an awesome sherpa, cheerleader, and companion — her friendship means the world to me and I’m so glad for the time we had to laugh, talk, and explore. Oh, and my 3rd marathon was my 2nd fastest time ever 👊Looking forward to sharing photos & videos this week! 💚💪 #50marathons50states ...

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For years I’ve been working w/ the ALS community to increase research opportunities & ensure those impacted have the support they need. We’ve made progress, but even w/ promising treatments in clinical trials, patients unable to enroll in those studies have few treatment options.

Honored to be named Tarheel of the Month for August by the @newsobserver! Thankful for such a thoughtful article sharing my story and the true gift of time that most with ALS don’t get. Marathon #20, going for 50! 👊
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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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