Andrea was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 33 in August 2014, less than one year after completing 5 triathlons in one season, including a 70.3-mile half Ironman. After diagnosis, Andrea completed her 10th triathlon and will continue to trike alongside her husband, David, for as long as possible. Andrea graduated from Davidson College and earned her master's in city planning from Georgia Tech. Andrea was a senior program manager for a sustainability nonprofit in Washington, DC until February 2015 when she could no longer keep up with the workload. Andrea plans to spend time now supporting her wonderful husband, focusing on her health, and raising awareness and funding for ALS research.
In February 2015, Andrea dodged two snow storms and the Patriots' SuperBowl parade in order to enroll in ALS TDI's Precision Medicine Program. Her blood sample and skin biopsy will be used to look for ALS biomarkers and create an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSc) line to test for mechanisms of the disease and potential treatments. Every month, she participates in various exercises and tests to provide information to ALS TDI researchers tracking the progress of her disease.
You can follow Andrea's journey by visiting her blog.
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