No Barriers Essay Contest, 2nd place

Here is an excerpt from the Second Place entry into the No Barriers Mindset essay contest. I appreciate how Mackenzie is not letting a medical condition get in the way of enjoying a favorite activity. When you take on the No Barriers Mindset, you both adapt and leverage your situation to live life to the fullest. For this essay, Mackenzie will be receiving a pair of trekking poles from Leki, my longtime sponsor. Reach! Erik 

No Barriers Essay Contest, 3rd place

Here is the Third Place entry into the No Barriers Mindset essay contest. I like Megan's grit and determination, though I do encourage her to dream big! As a reward, we are sending her a sterling silver REACH pendant  as a bit of encouragement during those hard days ahead. Reach! Erik   Megan Jones, 12th grade, Piqua High School, Piqua, Ohio

No Barriers Essay Contest Runner-ups

Back in April, I created an essay contest for students to explore the No Barriers Mindset. My goal was to get kids thinking about how they can apply some of my “tools” in their own lives to not just overcome challenges but shatter them.

S2S Goes To Washington

Last week, I attended a successful event in the US Capitol at the High Ground screening hosted by Congressman Jeff Miller. Though attendance by Congressmen was not great due to a Congressional vote that went longer than expected, it proved to be a good opportunity to meet some of our corporate sponsors.

Help A Blinded Boy

A year ago, the parents of then five-year-old Fernando Caled Alvarado Rios gouged out his eyes for a satanic ritual. He and his older brother Kevin, who witnessed the attack, survived but are now in a children's shelter. The parents and five others are in jail, hopefully for a very long time. When a friend first told me about this horrific story, I sat on it for a longtime because it was so inhuman I didn’t even know how to react. I think we all have the tendency to look away from such cruelty and brutality.

ERIK’S GIFT: Reach!

In the spirit of our ongoing No Barriers essay contest, I wanted to share this children's story written by my friend Cheryl Cutting. I hope you enjoy it. Erik ERIK’S GIFT: Reach! By Cheryl A. Cutting

What's Your Everest? Climb, June 1st

We have a few spaces left for the No Barriers What's Your Everest? Climb on June 1st. I hope you will join me and the rest of our team for an ascent of Grays Peak (14,270 feet), just an hour from downtown Denver. Grays and its sister peak, Torreys, are the highest points along the entire Continental Divide in the United States and they provide exceptional views of the Front Range of Colorado.

No Barriers Essay Contest extended

Hey students, you just got one more week to submit your essay to my contest! We've had quite a few great essays come in already but I want to make sure everyone has time to enter. The objective of the No Barriers Mindset Contest is to encourage students to examine how they will reach to achieve the “impossible.” To enter the contest, start by watching four videos on this web page. Then write a 300 – 500 word essay that answers these questions:

Wells Fargo TV ad

A lot of friends have called me recently to say they thought they heard my voice or got a brief glimpse of me on a TV ad. They wanted to know if I’m the blind guy climbing while they were watching Dancing With The Stars and other prime time shows. Yes! It all came together quickly, and I’m psyched to be represented, along with the Wright brothers, Rosa Parks, and the Mars Curiosity landing. Very cool and an honor to be working with Wells Fargo. They’re right. Conversations lead to some amazing things! Erik

No Barriers Boston Fund

As a graduate of Boston College, and a runner, I was greatly impacted by the horrors of the tragic bombing. So I am proud to share the news that we have established the No Barriers Boston Fund to help amputees acquire advanced prosthetic legs. The goal is to raise $500,000 in the next 60 days so that these victims can once again run races, climb mountains, bike, swim, and live a normal life.

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