The Hepatitis B Foundation


The Hepatitis B Foundation (“HBF”) is the nation’s leading nonprofit research and disease advocacy organization solely dedicated to the global problem of hepatitis B, the most common serious liver infection in the world.Hepatitis B chronically infected 400 million people worldwide, causes up to 80 percent of all liver cancers, and results in almost 1 million deaths each year.

The HBF is dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide through funding focused research, promoting disease awareness, supporting immunization and treatment initiatives, and serving as the primary source of information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community, and the general public.

The Hepatitis B Foundation was established in 1991 with the personal support of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus. The Foundation has since grown into a professional organization with a global reach. Today, the HBF’s research institute, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute that was named in honor of its co-founder, represents the largest concentration of nonprofit scientists in the U.S. working on hepatitis B drug discovery and liver cancer biomarkers.

To learn more about the Hepatitis B Foundation, please visit:


Presby’s Inspired Life

Presby’s Inspired Life is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry that provides continuing care and affordable housing to more than 3,000 seniors in 31 communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Serving the community for nearly 60 years, Presby aspires to provide quality senior living environments that allow their residents to live exciting and engaging lives. Presby is committed to providing exceptional communities and care for individuals representing a broad range of backgrounds, religious affiliations, physical abilities and economic circumstances. The goal is to extend opportunities for all of residents to continue to fully experience what life has to offer to the extent they are able. With beautiful residential campuses, spacious cottages, apartments, personal care and nursing care environments Presby offers a spectrum of opportunities to create the lifestyle residents desire, while receiving the support they need.

To learn more about Presby’s Inspired Life please visit their website:

Marlyn Smith

At present, I continue to serve as a Head Usher for Church services at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. I've been involved in this use for approximately 70 years, starting as a student usher while I was still in school, and as a head usher for the last 60 years. I juggle that schedule with singing in the Cathedral Choir twice a month.

I also serve on the Board of Governors of the Cairnwood Estate, the former home of John Pitcairn, which has been restored and is part of The Bryn Athyn Historic District. The mission of Cairnwood Estate, as a National Historic Landmark and independent member of the Academy of the New Church organization, is to restore, preserve and manage the home of John and Gertrude Pitcairn as an educational, cultural and hospitality center serving the local and national community. More information about the Cairnwood Estate can be found at

I continue to serve as an Associate Director on the Board of the Swedenborg Foundation from whose Board I retired in 2012 after 19 years, the last 4 of which I was President. The Swedenborg Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help people learn about the eighteenth-century Swedish scientist, nobleman, civil engineer, and religious visionary Emanuel Swedenborg. More information about the Swedenborg Foundation can be found at

Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City

For July, High Swartz is partnering with a local daycare center, Little Munchkins Learning Center, to provide thank you notes and unique drawings from children showing their support of the Veterans of the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City. Additionally, the children and grandchildren of High Swartz employees will also be providing their own masterpieces of love, support and thanks to these Veterans.

The Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City currently accommodates 184 veterans. A dementia unit with 32 beds is included among the nursing care spaces.

All residents receive medical, clinical and nursing services; drug and nutritional therapy; rehabilitative services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and recreational therapy; dental services; social services; laundry, transportation, housekeeping, maintenance, security, business management, and related services. Additional services of a specialized nature, such as mental health services, podiatry, and speech/audiology therapy, are provided as necessary to maintain a resident's quality of life.

In addition to the other services, the dementia specialty unit provides long-term care in a safe and secure environment.

For more information, please contact the Southeastern Veterans Center at  (610) 948-2400 or visit their website at

Shirley Castillo

Having a son currently serving as a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, I have a special place in my heart for the military. In 2003 at the age of 17, my oldest son, Jeff, decided to join the military. On one hand, I was so proud of him for wanting to serve – on the other hand, there was that constant fear of “what if” that no parent ever wants to think about. Fast forward 11 years. After 4 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Jeff was fortunate to come home safe, but many others were not. When I asked him how we could help, he said they had enough supplies over there and he alerted me to the Fisher House Foundation, which is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving treatment.

A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 63 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Many more houses are under construction or in design.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans. You can learn more at

To honor the local military veterans who have served our country, High Swartz will be hand delivering cards and letters written and drawn by children and adults to the Veterans Administration in Spring City, PA. Many of these forgotten servicemen/women do not have family members, and we would like to let them know that they are not forgotten. The words “Thank You For Your Service” do not cost a penny.

Shirley is also involved at Bethany Baptist Church in Fox Chase, Philadelphia where she serves as a Sunday School teacher, hosts small group ministries at her home, teaches during Vacation Bible School, visits church members who are in the hospital and shut in, and speaks at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission in Philadelphia once a month with members from her church. She also hosted a cancer patient who lived in Michigan during her treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center for over a year while she came to Philadelphia for treatment.

AIM Academy

AIM Academy is an independent college preparatory school in Whitemarsh, PA for bright children in grades 1-12 with learning disabilities/differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.   AIM Academy was established in 2006 with the belief that our students thrive in an environment with committed faculty with access to the latest research.  In just eight years, the school’s enrollment has grown from 24 students to 260 students.  AIM Academy provides exceptional educational opportunities in classrooms that offer multi-sensory and experiential learning, enhanced by an array of extracurricular activities and enrichment in the arts, athletics, and global outreach.  The school has a brand new campus with a 61,000 square foot state of the art facility including science and robotics labs.  With a 100% college acceptance rate and averaging over $1,000,000 in merit scholarships each year, AIM prepares its students for the challenges, complexities, and choices available to them in college and beyond.

To learn more about AIM Academy, please visit:

James F. Doherty Memorial Scholarship

High Swartz, LLP, has decided to fund a scholarship in memory of Mary Cushing Doherty’s late husband, James F. Doherty.  Jim was an employee at PennColor for 30 years.  Jim had many passions, a true Renaissance man who was proud of being a chemist.  Jim loved the study of history, literature, language, etc., which passions passed to his children.  He was proud he could play basketball with his 6-foot brothers-in-law (as well as other sports.)  He was a competitive trivia player and a natural humorist.  For 30 years, Jim and Mary served their church as pre-marriage counselors, and he was an evangelist by quiet example.

This scholarship will be awarded once a year to a child or grandchild of a full-time High Swartz employee.  A panel of three judges will review the applications and will select one or two recipients of the $5,000 scholarship.  The recipient(s) will be selected based on an essay submission and a description of their community and/or volunteer activities.

June 20, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the first annual recipient of the James F. Doherty Memorial Scholarship is Kathryn Kerr.  Her essay impressed the judges and truly reflected the character and spirit embodied by Jim.  To view the winning essay submission please click on the link. Kathryn Kerr's EssayScholarship1



Missy Boyd

The Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) is a non-profit organization located in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  MCAP, through its active core of volunteer attorneys, provide free legal representation to children who are the victims of abuse and neglect in Montgomery County.  Every day in Montgomery County, children suffer abuse and neglect.  Too often, they are harmed by someone close to them, often a family member.  MCAP attorney advocates represent and protect the interests of these vulnerable children, offering them representation and support as they participate in the legal and social service arenas.  As a unique victim’s agency, MCAP provides child victims with a voice, helping them heal and learn to trust others.  I am privileged to serve as a MCAP attorney advocate and I encourage you to visit the MCAP website at to find out more about this sensational organization.

ACLAMO Family Centers, a charitable, non-profit organization, provides educational, health, economic, social and cultural opportunities to low-income individuals and families in Montgomery County, especially those of Spanish-speaking heritage. ACLAMO stands for Accíon Comunal Latino Americano de Montgomery County, or the Latin American Action Committee of Montgomery County.  ACLAMO is derived from the Spanish verb “aclamar,” which means “to proclaim, to shout forth.” The focus at ACLAMO is to assist those who need help by providing them with the services and skills for success.  ACLAMO social workers assist families in their area of need while ACLAMO teachers help families become more independent and able to provide for themselves in this ever-competitive global economy. I am proud to support this organization as they endeavor to help children and families attain and sustain all of the advantage life should offer. Please visit ACLAMO’s website at for ways to get involved either through volunteer efforts or charitable giving.

Beth Garrison

There are plenty of charitable organizations out there that support cancer research and awareness, but the one that I’ve chosen to support is American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.  At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.  Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground.  Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.  I formed a Relay team to make a difference in the progress of this horrible disease in the hopes that some day nobody and no family has to suffer (physically or emotionally) from cancer.

I Relay in memory of (too) many people, but first and foremost is my mom, Gladys Early, who we lost in 2004 after a short battle with lung cancer, at the age of 63.  That same year, I lost my dad's brother, Michael Early, and in 2006 lung cancer “struck” our family again, when we lost my mom’s brother, Thomas Dyer.  Although I have participated in my local Relay since 2004, I decided to start a team in early 2011.  My team name is "EARLY" Detection is Key.  When I registered my team in 2011, my husband's aunt, Louise Garrison, was battling a rare form of bladder cancer, and unfortunately has since lost her battle as well.

In addition to my personal family, this disease has also affected my "work family".  I have worked for my “boss” for over 25 years, and she is definitely more of a friend than a boss to me.  She has beaten a battle of her own and is a survivor as well.  Unfortunately, though, within the last 12 years, she has lost her brother, her sister, two close brothers-in law, and her loving husband to this horrible disease.  I greatly admire her strength.

If you are interested in supporting my relay team, please click here to make a donation.  To learn more about The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life, please click here

Joel Rosen

Hepatitis B is the most common serious liver infection in the world. About a third of the world population, approximately 2 billion people, have been infected at one point in their lives, including 350 million people who are chronic carriers of the disease. The hepatitis B virus is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV.  According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 600,000 people die every year related to the infection.

The virus is transmitted through blood and infected bodily fluids. This can occur through direct blood-to-blood contact, unprotected sex, use of unsterile needles, and from an infected woman to her newborn during the delivery process.

The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to the global problem of hepatitis B.  Its mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide.  The Foundation’s commitment includes funding focused research, promoting disease awareness, supporting immunization and treatment initiatives, and serving as the primary source of information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community, and the general public.

In 2003 the Hepatitis B Foundation founded the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute to fulfill its research mission of finding a cure for hepatitis B in our lifetime. The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute is the nation’s leading non-profit research organization dedicated to hepatitis B and liver cancer worldwide.

Both the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute are housed in a state-of-the-art biotechnology center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  I have served on the Boards of both the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute since 2003, and currently serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation.  If you would like to learn more about the outstanding work these institutions carry out, including how to help the more than 350,000,000 people suffering from the disease, please visit either or