‘Go On, Be Brave’ is a film about Andrea Lytle Peet’s race against time - a diagnosis of ALS and an attempt at the impossible: to be the first person with ALS to complete a marathon in all 50 states.

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About Go On, Be Brave

Andrea Lytle Peet - Film Subject

Before receiving a death sentence of ALS at age 33, Andrea was living a normal life: urban planner, triathlete, and wife hoping to start a family with her beloved husband, David. In four months, she went from completing a half Ironman triathlon to walking with a cane, then a walker. With her disease progressing rapidly, she was told to get her affairs in order. Like a true athlete, she decided to do one final race before her body failed her—an extraordinary experience that convinced Andrea she could create something positive from her journey. She kept riding the recumbent trike purchased for her “last” race, waiting for the disease to take over. She kept waiting. After five years with ALS, Andrea declared she wanted to live and embarked on the craziest goal she could think of: become the first person with ALS to complete a marathon in all 50 US states. Andrea and David created the Team Drea Foundation, which has raised more than $1 million for ALS research and has inspired more than 400 people to be brave. With co-author Meredith Atwood, Andrea’s memoir, Hope Fights Back, will be released in Fall 2023 by Pegasus Books.

Miriam (MJ) McSpadden - Director

When Miriam stepped behind the lens of a camera for the first time at 19 years old, she fell in love with cinematography and editing. Miriam has dedicated the last decade to honing her craft and has been fortunate to be mentored by award winning cinematographers and editors. She is passionate about seeing more women in technical positions throughout the film industry. Her work for outlets like NBC, ESPN, The Today Show and PBS North Carolina has won her 2 Mid-South Emmy awards and 16 more nominations. Go On, Be Brave is Miriam’s debut as a director of a feature documentary film.

Brian Beckman - Director

Brian’s journey to film has been unorthodox. Founding a non-profit at the young age of 23 didn’t afford Brian the ability to hire a photographer or videographer. So he taught himself. Brian has always been passionate about telling marginalized stories and has honed his craft over the last 15 years by partnering with individuals within underrepresented communities to ensure filming and storytelling is empowering for all involved. Go On, Be Brave will be Brian’s debut as a co-director of a feature documentary film.
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