Harry and Heath are thirteen and nine year old brothers from Malden, MA and they are the founders and CEOs of the nonprofit, 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 that they should 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 handmade lip and body balms at home in their kitchen and selling them online and at craft fairs, 5Ks, corporate events, and cancer fundraisers. A portion of the money they raise goes into a fund that Dana-Farber set up for their friend’s doctor, Dr. Amy Billett, and supports her research in pediatric Hodgkin’s disease. 100% of profits go to cancer research and patient care.
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 they 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 Harry and Heath created a new PINK balm for Breast Cancer Awareness month. 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, they also participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Fundraiser. Last fall Team Bennett Brothers Balm raised over $6K for blood cancer research! This year they raised over 15K!
To date, Harry and Heath have raised over $28K for cancer research! All of their donations end in 87 to honor their friend, because his favorite New England Patriots player is #87, Rob Gronkowski.
Julie Wood, former Development Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says, “Harry and Heath’s efforts have provided $5,335 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 such as those 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