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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Disney World Dream Come True
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!
Fight On | Smoky Mountains Adventure
Team Gleason is proud to have been able to help Steve finally make it to the Smoky Mountains to spend time with his family in nature.
Always in My Heart and Mind | Grand Canyon Adventure
One of our favorite Adventure quotes is “If everything went right, it would be a vacation. I don’t want a vacation. I want an adventure.” For the Payne family, they were able to experience both sides before their Grand Canyon Adventure was over.
Super Bowl LVII: The Eagles’ Side
Team Gleason was honored to help send three individuals living with ALS and their families to Super Bowl LVII with the help of the NFL. Stacy Lewin was able to make it to Phoenix with her husband and two sons to cheer on the Eagles.
Northern Minnesota Adventure
Team Gleason was more than happy to send Mark on a winter Adventure to Minnesota in an attempt to see the Northern Lights.
Grand Targhee and Big Sky Ski Adventure
The O’Donnell Family made life long memories during their Adventure to Big Sky and Grand Targhee.
ALS Cannot Steal My Passion For Music | Phantom of the Opera
Not only did we make memories for a lifetime, but we also had a chance to slow down, take a break from the day-to-day grind of work and parenting responsibilities, and just spend time together.
Weekend in New Orleans
While we may be a bit partial, we were thrilled when David asked to come to New Orleans to see the Saints play with his family. Crawfish and Football? That’s an Adventure we can get behind.
"We all have a timeline.
Most of us don't live like we have a timeline."
- Steve Gleason