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 or other related neuromuscular diseases. 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 be 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/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 destination 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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Sailing trip around the coast
Steph was able to see friends and help ALS research
Cruising on the Caribbean
It was Theanna’s only daughter’s wedding
Wedding in Australia
Bobby’s childhood dream was to see the Macy’s Parade.
The Tar Heels lost the game, the experience was priceless
After Andrew’s ALS diagnosis, Erin said they started to really live.