Team Gleason provides and documents extraordinary life Adventures for individuals with ALS. 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.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 and rapidly changing information, Team Gleason is suspending all Adventure requests. If your Adventure was already approved, we will communicate with you directly about your specific Adventure. We hope to be booking adventures as soon as safely possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of Adventures get chosen?
A: As avid adventurers, Steve and Michel Gleason wanted to continue pursuing life adventures for themselves despite Steve’s diagnosis and found that many people with ALS were choosing to accept their assumed limitations. Because of their love of adventure, it was important for Steve to include adventures for others diagnosed with ALS as part of the Team Gleason mission. Through Steve and Michel’s inspiration and tireless work, Team Gleason has helped hundreds of people with ALS experience adventures they never thought possible after their diagnosis. And, we hope to continue helping others experience these challenging, yet life-enriching experiences.
What is the application process like?
A: The application consists of questions pertaining to progression, the potential adventure, accompanying people, and the submission of a letter of diagnosis. After the initial inquiry phone call or email, an application will be sent to you to fill out. The Team Gleason Adventure Coordinator will look into the numbers and present it to the staff and board. From there, they will decide to approve the adventure or not. If a pALS is chosen for an adventure, they will be notified via e-mail or phone call.
Do you only choose adventures from New Orleans?
A: No, Team Gleason approves adventures from/to all over! We have sent pALS on adventures to Alaska, Africa, Disney World, and many other places across the globe.
Who pays for the adventures?
A: Team Gleason uses funds donated to the Team Gleason Foundation to create budgets for the Adventures program.
How are flights handled?
A: Team Gleason works closely with Travel4ALS, a travel agency who helps us get the best deals and are skilled in letting the airlines know of the pALS needs.
How are travel expenses handled?
Who can be chosen for an adventure?
Are these adventures “fully paid and all inclusive”?
How many people can I bring on my adventure?
Will Team Gleason plan my adventure?
A: Team Gleason helps facilitate the Adventure. When filling out your application, you will need to be putting most in most of the leg work and research into the adventure. If approved, our Adventure Coordinator will work closely with you to plan and develop in-depth details of the experience. Depending on the adventure, Team Gleason also has the assistance of a travel agent to get the best deals.
My adventure has already been booked but I can no longer go. Can I keep the money that was supposed to be used for my trip?
Taking a trip and want to know how Steve flies on commercial airplanes?
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, Team Gleason is unable to grant every qualified adventure that we receive. The decision to grant an adventure is at the sole discretion of Team Gleason, and an adventure may be denied for any reason. Previously planned travel or already incurred expenses should not be included as part of a Team Gleason adventure or experience. If approved, we will work closely with you to plan and develop the details of the experience and each step requires prior approval. Unfortunately, we do not reimburse for privately planned travel outside of Team Gleason coordination.
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