Go On Be Brave: The Award-Winning Documentary

15 January 2024

In the face of adversity, some individuals not only defy the odds but shatter expectations, leaving a mark on the world. Andrea Lytle Peet is one such extraordinary individual. Diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) at the age of 33, she was confronted with the reality that paralysis and a life expectancy of 2 to 5 years would await her. Yet, in the face of such challenges, Andrea discovered an unexpected spark of determination that would transform her life.

Inspired by Jon Blais, known for conquering the IRONMAN World Championship amid battling the same disease, Andrea set a seemingly impossible and unprecedented goal — to become the first person with ALS to finish a marathon in all fifty U.S. states. She accomplished this by utilizing her recumbent trike since running was no longer feasible. Together with her husband and the ALS community, Andrea demonstrates that, regardless of the challenges we confront, we retain the power to make choices about how we spend our lives. Their collective journey serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the limitless possibilities that exist even in the face of adversity. 

The YMCA stands as a resilient symbol of the testament to the capacity of our minds and bodies to overcome challenges. We deeply honor the dedication of our members and volunteers who grapple with the personal and familial impacts of debilitating chronic diseases. Ann Bowen, a YMCA volunteer and a dear friend of Andrea, embodies the spirit of our community. Moved by Andrea's story, Ann has gone above and beyond, completing the 2017 Columbus Half Marathon in honor of her friend. Ann Bowen and Andrea Lytle Peet

We believe in inclusivity and support, recognizing that everyone deserves access to resources that enhance their quality of life. Initiatives like Rock Steady cater to individuals with Parkinson's Disease, providing a specialized program tailored to their unique needs. LIVESTRONG supports cancer survivors on their journey to recovery. We also provide recumbent fitness equipment suitable for a wide range of individuals. This equipment is designed to accommodate anyone including those in rehabilitation or recovery, ensuring that everyone can engage in fitness activities that contribute to their overall well-being.

There will be a one-night screening of Andrea's film, Go On, Be Brave featured at MacArthur Center on January 17th at 7:30 pm and we hope you will join us! Tickets can be purchased here