Barrow Beyond

Ambassadors make a difference through philanthropy

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In 2012, five Phoenix valley women – Shannon Mishkin, Sharon Pollack, Lisa Geyser, Debbie Shafron and Mara Kotansky – wanted to give back to Barrow Neurological Institute after their lives had all been changed by Barrow in different ways. Shannon spearheaded the formation of Barrow Beyond, a group of ambassadors that would engage young professionals and community influencers to support and educate them about the mission and work of Barrow Neurological Institute.

In their first year, they were able to recruit 50 people to become Barrow Beyond founding members. Initial funds raised supported brain tumor research. In recent years, the group has expanded to more than 100 members and has supported ongoing Barrow projects like Alzheimer’s disease research and the Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit.

Join Barrow Beyond today to support research and innovative care initiatives at Barrow. Annual membership dues are $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for couples. Your philanthropic gift truly makes a difference in patients’ lives and provides hope for those suffering from devastating neurological diseases.

The benefits of joining Barrow Beyond

Barrow Beyond members share a love for learning, are committed to the community and believe in the importance of medical advancement. Begin building your legacy, give back and meet new friends. The benefits of joining Barrow Beyond include:

Educational Opportunities

  • An insider’s look at the innovative research, patient care and education taking place for diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, stroke, migraine, concussion and more.
  • An exclusive behind the scenes tour to hear directly from physicians and researchers at one of the world’s most innovative brain and spine centers.
  • The opportunity to view live surgeries at our high-tech teleconference auditorium.

Social Events

  • An exclusive opportunity to attend the spring Barrow Genius Bar. The event exposes people to some of the world’s leading specialists in a variety of neurological fields.
  • An invitation to a fall membership cocktail party, allowing members to network with like-minded professionals.
  • Invitations to other foundation events.


  • Receive updates about news at Barrow via newsletters to keep you appraised of the latest Barrow breakthroughs.

Philanthropy, leadership and beyond

Barrow Beyond members are making a difference by supporting the mission of Barrow Neurological Institute. All funds raised are directed to the Barrow program voted on by members each year. You will have a voice in what your donation funds, and all monies raised support patient care or research.

Barrow Beyond members are helping to change the face of health care in Arizona – and making an impact worldwide.