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 on her recumbent trike. She is closing in fast on her goal to be the first person with ALS to do a marathon in all 50 states!

Go On, Be Brave. Make A World Without ALS

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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.

There is no effective treatment for ALS. The only approved drugs for ALS only slow down the decline by a few months.

14 hours ago

Team Drea Foundation
Despite ALS, despite covid, still getting it done 💚💪 .Also, shoutout to @lifefitnessofficial started by @augienieto, living with ALS for 16 years and raised $150M for ALS research through @augiesquest for @alstdi. My hero ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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We had so much fun on Lorri’s Lorri Carey]! I “met” Lorri in 2014 right after my dx through her ice bucket challenge video and was so inspired by how articulately she spoke about ALS research AND that she had been living with ALS for 10+ years at that point. NEEDED that inspiration at that time. And now she’s about to celebrate her 18th ALSaversary! 💖.#Repost Lorri Carey] with @make_repost・・・By 2013, Andrea Peet had run a marathon and done 9 triathlons, including a 70.3-mile half Ironman. Then in 8 short months, at age 33, went from the strongest she had ever been to walking with a cane. Hear my conversation with Andrea & Dave Peet on any podcast app or at link in bio. @teamdreafoundation @alstdi @alstdi_events @heralsstory #als #alsawareness #alsadvocacy #alswarrior #terminalillness #inspiringwomen #inspiration #endals #mnd #marathon #marathoner #duke ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Team Drea Foundation
Send card to Kyle” has been on my perpetual weekly to do list since September when he Tweeted this photo..I was beyond touched. A tattoo matching mine, 7 swallows for 7 years with ALS, with his own twist honoring his brother’s wedding to a man..I update my to do list every week, save over the last one with a new date. Anything that didn’t get done last week stays on the list, pushed down the page by new, more pressing items along with the meetings and workouts for the week..Just so we’re clear: “Send card to Kyle” has been on my to do list for FIVE MONTHS..He died today..DO NOT put “sorry for your loss” condolences on my wall. I failed him, and I’m fucking furious with myself..I didn’t know him well, but I knew he was struggling with depression awhile back. And who wouldn’t, relying on his eyes to communicate to the world, isolated during covid, still dealing with divorce, and watching his beautiful daughters grow without being able to parent or interact with them the way he would want to?.Kyle was prolific (and hilarious) on Twitter but because that’s not my go-to social media platform, I never saw that he responded to my comment on his photo until today..WE WERE DIAGNOSED THE SAME WEEK. (Well the confirmation of my dx)..I make it a rule never to ask “why me?” That’s a rabbit hole that will never lead to an answer. Instead, I pride myself on my mission to fight for people with ALS like Kyle, the people that haven’t gotten the same chance to live freely and pursue their passions post-diagnosis, the way I have..But I think it would have meant a hell of a lot more to him if I’d sent a card..We all have friends in our lives who we know are struggling, who are lonely, who need us to show up for them. Please do it before it is too late (and you’ll never know when it’ll be too late)..I know I’ll be writing a few cards tonight..PS: If you’re the praying type, please say a few for these precious girls and their dad. ... See MoreSee Less
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