Harry and Heath are fourteen and ten year old brothers from Malden, MA and they are the founders and CEOs of Bennett Brothers Balm.
When Harry's friend and former classmate was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May of 2016, he was 11 years old and just about to finish the 5th grade. Harry and Heath knew right away that they wanted to help. They learned that cancer patients' lips and skin can get dry and chapped from chemo treatments, so Harry thought of the idea to start a lip balm company to raise money. He asked Heath to be his partner, and they decided to name their business Bennett Brothers Balm. They started making lip and body balms at home in their kitchen and selling them online and at craft fairs, 5Ks, corporate events, and cancer fundraisers. They donate 100% of profits to cancer research and patient care. A portion of the money raised goes into a fund that Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA set up for their friend’s doctor, Dr. Amy Billett, and it helps support her research in pediatric Hodgkin’s disease specifically.
Harry and Heath hope to continue to expand their product line and business, and partner with like-minded organizations to raise more funds and awareness for childhood cancer. The brothers are currently working with a number of nonprofits across the country who are carrying their products, and they have had their lip balm included in chemo care pouches for breast cancer patients at 3 local cancer centers, as well as toiletry pouches for teens at a local Boys and Girls Club. In the spring of 2018 Harry and Heath organized two special fundraisers, one for a friend who was in need of a handicap accessible van and another for a teacher who has a cousin with stage 4 Melanoma. In October of 2018 the boys created a new PINK balm for Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in January of 2019 they launched two new balms - one limited edition balm to support Autism Speaks, and another to benefit the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Treatment Program at Dana-Farber. This fall, Bennett Brothers Balm released a blue raspberry balm called “Blue Smiles” in collaboration with Riley Damiano, Founder of The Blue Lollipop Project. This balm will benefit both Dana-Farber and Riley’s charity, The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation (TLC). Bennett Brothers Balm has even made it all the way to India to help support the charity, Children are Angels from Heaven!
In addition to their Balm fundraising, the brothers also participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Fundraiser. In the past two years, Team Bennett Brothers Balm has raised over $23K for blood cancer research at the LLS!
To date, Harry and Heath have raised over $36K for cancer research! All of their donations end in 87 to honor their friend, because his favorite New England Patriots player is (the now retired) #87, Rob Gronkowski. Their ultimate goal is to raise 1 million dollars, and to continue to spread awareness for pediatric cancer and the importance of research and funding.
Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children under the age of 15 in the U.S. Despite this, childhood cancer research is extremely and consistently underfunded. Since 1980, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for use in children with cancer. Only three drugs (Teniposide and Clofarabine, and Unituxin for use in high-risk neuroblastoma) have been approved for use in children. Only four additional new drugs have been approved for use by both adults and children. More research is needed to develop new, more-effective, and safer treatments for childhood cancer. Billions of dollars are spent each year to fund cancer research but childhood cancer receives only 4% of federal government funding. Without money to fund life-saving research, new treatments will not be found. Harry and Heath believe that children deserve more than 4%!
Julie Wood, former Development Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says, “Harry and Heath’s efforts have provided more than $11,000 to Dr. Billett’s Hodgkin’s Disease Research Fund. Dr. Billett’s work focuses on improving the long-term outcome for children with Hodgkin’s disease. Additionally, funds raised by the Bennett brothers have helped Dr. Billett and her team in beginning to define and measure medication error as well as develop systems to prevent it."
SERVICE AWARDS AND HONORS
Young Entrepreneurs Award - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Ones To Watch Award - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society