An ALS diagnosis often triggers a premature acceptance of actual or perceived physical limitations and a resulting down-shift in stimulating and fulfilling experiences. As avid travelers and explorers, Steve and Michel Gleason set out to continue pursuing a life of travel experiences in the face of Steve’s diagnosis; proving in the process that living with ALS just might be the ultimate adventure. This is the spirit that inspires Team Gleason Adventures.

With a goal to raising expanded public awareness of ALS, Team Gleason provides and documents extraordinary life Adventures for individuals with ALS. Team Gleason has afforded hundreds of people unique Adventures they would otherwise have never dreamed possible after their diagnosis.

Steve Gleason was a counterculture athlete who knew that his life on the field was not enough to fulfill his adventurous spirit, so he spent his off-season adventuring around the globe. He always enjoyed experiencing other cultures and learning from and connecting with individuals from around the globe.

This passion did not waver following his diagnosis, and his continued adventures took him to unique locations like Antarctica and Machu Picchu, capturing the essence of these destinations at every stop along the way. Documenting these adventures reflects the commitment to seeking exploration, despite an ALS diagnosis. These Adventures tell the story of resiliency and hope, and are empowering the culture within the ALS community.

By properly documenting each Adventure, the exposure of ALS to the public creates an enhanced level of public awareness. We believe these adventures are not only inspiring, but also create opportunities to educate individuals who would otherwise not know ALS.

From excursions to destinations around the world, to parties filled with family and friends, to trips to the Super Bowl or the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Team Gleason Adventures create lasting and oftentimes, life changing memories for individuals and families living with ALS.

Team Gleason Adventures create lasting and oftentimes, life changing memories for individuals and families living with ALS.

Team Gleason Adventure with Peck and Willie Robertson

Jim Peckenpaugh asked Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander, to join him on a deer hunting adventure. He was gifted a new Extreme x8 Power Wheelchair by Innovation In Motion so he can enjoy the outdoors in spite of living with ALS.

Patagonia: Angelina’s journey to the end of the world

Despite Angelina’s ALS diagnosis she didn’t let that stop her from a two-week journey to Chilean Patagonia in a wheelchair. 

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Wheelchair Accessible Hot Air Balloon

Wheelchair Accessible Hot Air Balloon

Jan has dreamt of taking her young grandson to Disney World. Team Gleason was excited to help Jan and her family visit the Happiest Place in the World!

Adapting: Graeser Family’s Disney Adventure

Adapting: Graeser Family’s Disney Adventure

“With this disease, ALS, as caregivers and as a family we learn the impeccable quality of adapting at a moment’s notice, and that’s precisely what we did. I collected myself, pivoted, and adjusted our plans.”

Macey’s Hawaii Adventure

Macey’s Hawaii Adventure

I never imagined a Hawaii vacation like this. When I was diagnosed, I just kind of assumed I would never be able to travel anymore, and I haven’t. Although I am progressed quite a bit, I have people around me who keep encouraging me and making travel possible.

Northern Lights or Bust!

Northern Lights or Bust!

Northern lights or bust! No matter what life brings, next, I will ALWAYS have the memories of the train rides and the cruise and the spectacular landscapes!

49ers Go Above and Beyond for Lifelong Fan

49ers Go Above and Beyond for Lifelong Fan

Team Gleason was able to get Ammon to San Francisco, and then the 49ers crushed it. They provided two tickets to the game, field access, and even had someone waiting with a wheelchair to help Ammon cover the long walks easier. 

A Trip to See Mom

A Trip to See Mom

Team Gleason helped Karen fly down to Texas to visit her mother! Her daughter, Jessica, shared a few words about their trip below. Special thanks for ALS Ride for Life for their help with the van rental!

"We all have a timeline.
Most of us don't live like we have a timeline."

- Steve Gleason

No white flags!