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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Steve Abels wasn’t going to let an ALS diagnosis get in the way of taking his family to see his nephew, Cameron Thomas, play in his rookie season with the Cardinals. Team Gleason Adventures was thrilled to send Steven to Phoenix for the Cardinals vs. Buccaneers Christmas game.
Team Gleason was thrilled to send Christine and her husband on an Adventure to the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta, Georgia.
As my uncle says, “live like you’re dying,” make every experience the best. You choose your perspective on life, make it a good one and be happy with what you have done. Thank you again Team Gleason for sending us to Hawaii.
The Baumann Family adventure trip to the Grand Canyon exceeded our wildest dreams and was over and above our expectations! Nothing could have prepared us for the emotions that touched our senses, the wonder that flooded our minds and the breath-taking beauty that permeated our very souls.
I had always wanted to scuba dive, and never got the chance to, and then when I was diagnosed with ALS, I thought, perhaps I never would. I was delighted to hear Team Gleason was sending me to Hawaii for adaptive scuba diving.
Team Gleason was excited to help Tommy check a few items off his “Life List,” including traveling on an Amtrak and visiting San Francisco!
David Jan Campbell was diagnosed with ALS in March 2021. His family reached out to Team Gleason to help with his dream Adventure to Boston with a stop in Newport, RI to go sailing. Team Gleason was thrilled to help make this dream a reality.
I especially want to thank Team Gleason for making my life dream come through. It’s cool that it was on the 1 year anniversary of being diagnosed with ALS. Worst day ever…God redeemed!!! Best day of my life!!!