When our 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. My brother Heath and I knew right away that we wanted to help. We learned that cancer patients' lips and skin can get dry and chapped from chemo treatments, so I thought that we should start a lip balm company to raise money. I asked Heath to be my partner, and we decided to name our business Bennett Brothers Balm. We started making handmade lip and body balms at home in our kitchen and selling them online and at craft fairs, 5Ks, corporate events, and cancer fundraisers. A portion of the money that we raise goes into a fund that Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston set up for our friend’s doctor, Dr. Amy Billett, and supports her research in pediatric Hodgkin’s disease. 100% of our profits go to cancer research and patient care.
My brother and I hope to continue to expand our product line and business, and partner with like-minded organizations to raise more funds and awareness for childhood cancer. We are currently working with a number of nonprofits across the country who are carrying our products, and we have had our 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 we 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 we 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 our Balm fundraising, we 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 we raised just under 16K!
To date, we have raised over $35K for cancer research! All of our donations end in 87 to honor our 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 over $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 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."
"Through hard work and Harry and Heath’s own entrepreneurial spirit, Bennett Brothers Balm has helped raise critical funds to aid in the fight against cancer."