Fred Beans Family of Dealerships supported The Hepatitis B Foundation’s (HBF) High School Science Enrichment Program by giving a $30,000 donation to its research program for outstanding high school students. Between the intensive two-week summer program, and a year-round after-school opportunity, motivated high school students have an opportunity to work in state-of the-art research labs under the supervision of professional scientists.
“The Hepatitis B Foundation, and its research arm, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, are committed to training the next generation of scientists,” said Timothy Block, PhD, co-founder and president of both nonprofit organizations. “The generosity of the Fred Beans organization allows us to continue to offer local students the opportunity to learn about research, biotechnology, and entrepreneurship through ‘hands-on’ lab experience and interactive seminars.’
The Hepatitis B Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. To learn more, go to www.hepb.org, read our blog at hepb.org/blog, follow us on Twitter @HepBFoundation, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/hepbfoundation or call 215-489-4900.
We’re proud to partner with this organization and receiving testimonies like the one below reminds us that the donations we make are more than money, that they directly impact people’s lives.
Dear Mr. Beans,
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for your donation of $30,000 to the Hepatitis B Foundation and Baruch S. Blumberg Institute EITC high school education program. As a laboratory instructor for the three students currently in the program, I can assure you are investing in mature, dedicated, and talented young scientists who will undoubtedly go on to make great contributions to the scientific community.
Current students in the program, have shown tremendous growth since beginning their time at the Institute. One student, a senior at Central Bucks West High School, consistently elects to stay in lab late into the evening to complete her experiments.
She has developed much of her knowledge of cancer biology through self-education; sometimes I feel like the student! Last year, her study of cancer biology resulted in her earning first place at the Delaware Valley Science Fair. As a result, she was awarded a full tuition scholarship to the University should she choose to attend in the fall of 2017.
Another student, a junior at Central Bucks West High School, is responsible for screening 720 clinical compounds for efficacy against hepatitis B surface protein. To date, he has screened 560 of those compounds. Soon, he will learn to conduct further studies on those compounds that have proven effective to determine their mechanism of action. Ishan will present his data at the Delaware Valley Science Fair in March. He is a conscientious and motivated member of the lab who is always quick to offer a helping hand with general lab maintenance.
Another student is a senior attending Central Bucks East High School. He is screening a set of small molecules for inhibition of hepatitis B e antigen. He has acquired a wide array of skills since beginning his time at the Blumberg Institute. His thoughtful, inquisitive personality serves him well in his research and studies.
Because of your generosity, we are able to support the development of young scientists. The world-class research and education that takes place at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute comes with a significant financial cost. I am incredibly humbled and grateful that you have chosen to donate to the Hepatitis B Foundation and Baruch S. Blumberg EITC program. Many, many thanks.