Rosalie Mastaler: A No Barriers Story

Our 2018 hallmark event was the No Barriers Summit in New York City. I have heard wonderful feedback, but one note in particular was especially touching to me as a parent. Rosalie Mastaler attended with her husband and their sons, ages five and eight. Afterwards, she wrote my team to express her gratitude and some […]

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Shanna Adamic: A No Barriers Story

Shanna Adamic is the Senior Operations Manager at the First Hand Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Cerner Corporation. First Hand provides funds for children to receive health treatments such as necessary surgeries or travel. They also implement health-focused preventative programs for schools in low-income communities. When Shanna was suddenly derailed by a devastating diagnosis, her […]

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The Weight of Water Debuts

Creating a film is certainly a reach. With adventure documentaries especially, there’s no Hollywood budget or army of editors. There’s uncertainty too – whether there’s even a story, or whether the film will ever be finished. When I decided to kayak the Grand Canyon in 2014, I knew the best person to document our journey […]

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A Visit to Princeton University

My dad has always been my biggest fan and, as I often say, the originator of the No Barriers mindset. He’s also a fanatical Princeton Tiger, having been the captain of the football team and a graduate in 1962. A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to visit his Alma Mater for the second […]

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No Barriers Summit 2018: The Big Apple

Earlier this month we hosted our 10th No Barriers Summit in New York City. We’d always hosted our Summits in the mountains, but in an effort to bring the message to more people and build the movement, we decided to reach as an organization and debut it in the Big Apple, one of the biggest […]

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Reach Scholarship Recipients 2018

The Reach Scholarship is an annual award given to individuals, through the Reach Foundation, as an all expense paid experience to attend our No Barriers Summit.  The goal of the Reach Foundation is to highlight stories of people who have reached into darkness and difficulty only to emerge far stronger and are able to elevate […]

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Kayak Circumnavigate Manhattan

When you tell people, you’re kayaking around Manhattan, most people’s reaction is “aren’t you afraid you’ll catch something?”  Turns out, over the last few decades, the water’s gotten a lot cleaner. Not that I’d drink a glass straight out of the river, although I dared my kayak partner to do so; he wouldn’t take me […]

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A No Barriers Story – Nerissa Cannon

Sometimes things happen to us that are out of our control and can send us spiraling into darkness. When that happens and when there is no clear path forward, it becomes imperative to “Reach,” not just with the end-game of coping, but thriving. When I went blind, and part of me wanted to retreat, I […]

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No Barriers Takes Over the Big Apple

Each year I go on numerous adventures, but the No Barriers Summit invariably trumps them all. Our annual event is a blast and a testament to the power of the human spirit. This year, for the first time, we’re taking a bite out of the Big Apple. No Barriers will be bringing our world-class Summit […]

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