Barrow Beyond Beginnings
In 2012, three couples—Shannon and Keith Mishkin, Lisa and Jeff Geyser, and Sharon and Paul Pollack—joined together to engage the next generation of philanthropists in supporting Barrow Neurological Institute. They launched Barrow Beyond, a special donor group that will raise funds and awareness for Barrow.
The group’s first order of business was to recruit 50 individuals/ couples to become Barrow Beyond founding members. Initial funds raised by Barrow Beyond went to the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center (BBTRC).
The couples decided to contribute first to the BBTRC because of the great need for research into brain tumors. While the field of neuroscience has made amazing advancements in the last 50 years, little progress has been made against brain tumors, especially the worst of the worst—glioblastomas. About 64,000 new primary brain tumors will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and more than 22,000 of those will be malignant. The average survival after diagnosis of a glioblastoma is just 14 months—little better than it was 30 years ago.
Members of Barrow Beyond are invited to special social and educational events throughout the year. They have the opportunity to hear from Barrow’s world-class physicians and researchers.