‘Go On, Be Brave’ Film Screening
[The movie] begins when Andrea Lytle Peet receives the death sentence of an ALS diagnosis at age 33. The life expectancy for ALS is 2-5 years. She is told her disease is rapidly progressing and to get her affairs in order. She does, and like a true athlete, she decides to do one final triathlon before she dies. She walks across the finish line with trekking poles, her husband, David Peet, by her side. And then she waits and waits. Until one day, she gets tired of waiting to die. She decides to live.
At the five-year anniversary of her ALS diagnosis, Andrea sets an ambitious goal: be the first person with ALS to complete a marathon in all 50 US states. An “attempt at the impossible,” shares her neurologist Dr. Bedlack; a goal even Andrea doesn’t think she will reach. But she wants to try.
As we follow Andrea’s story for more than three years, we see that her journey is not at all what we expected. It is not solely an epic sports tale, nor is it a sobering depiction of a patient with ALS preparing to die. Instead, it is a story of hope that transcends sport and disease. What starts out as one woman’s quest towards 50 marathons evolves into a story of community. It is about the quieter moments between races where Andrea brings hope and joy to people with ALS as they fight for a cure together. “Go On, Be Brave” is a meditation on life – of how each one of us chooses to live.
Her story – one that inspires hope without turning away from the brutality of ALS – is vitally needed. From our research, it is the first feature documentary made on a woman with ALS. “Go On, Be Brave” is, in the words of Meagan Bereman, who lost her husband to ALS in 2021, Andrea’s “love letter to life” and our love letter to the ALS community.