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.
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“I would like to explore the land of my ancestry which has been deep desire. Because I am a slave descendant, my history was lost. To have an opportunity to visit the land of my beginning would be life changing.”
WE DID IT! 6 states- ALL 4 Disney Parks- 6 destinations and memories I could only dream of giving my kids!
Diagnosed with ALS in in 2021, Steven dreamt of getting into the ocean one last time. His friends, family, and wife, Sarah, led the charge on getting him floating off the coast in Malibu.
Our Team Gleason Adventure was amazing. Though we go to Jazz Fest every year, this year Team Gleason gifted us with an enhanced experience, giving us access to multiple days and special perks.
Valerie Kiper originally applied for a quiet golf Adventure with her husband at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. In a wonderful last-minute change, her son was granted leave from the military. Of course, we were game to help make it a family Adventure.
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!
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.
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.