Kate Schmidgall

Kid Entrepreneurs Take On Cancer

Bennett Brothers Balm

Courtesy of Bennett Brothers Balm

Thanks to Heather Camerio for sending along this inspiring story!

Last year in May of 2016, the Bennett brothers' friend and former classmate, Timmy, was brushing his teeth when he felt a lump on his neck. He was 11 at the time and just about to finish the 5th grade when he was diagnosed with Stage 1 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Harry and Heath Bennett (12 and 8 respectively) couldn't believe that someone so young, active and healthy could have cancer. Instead of doing all of the fun stuff that a kid should be doing over summer vacation, Timmy spent that summer in and out of the hospital, taking medications and receiving treatments. The boys were shocked and sad and felt like they needed to do something to help, so they came up with the idea to start a lip balm business they named Bennett Brothers Balm to raise money to donate to Dana-Farber where their friend was being treated. 

The brothers learned that cancer patients' lips and skin can get dry and chapped from chemo treatments, and that there were other side effects like nausea and headaches as well. This is how they came up with the idea for their original lip balm as well as their Tummy Troubles Belly Balm, and why they chose to create a line of all-natural, chemical-free, vegan lip and body balm products (now 4 total in their line, including an eye balm and a body butter). 100% of their profits are donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

This past June, the boys celebrated their business’ 1 year anniversary, and they hope to keep it going for many years! To date, they have raised over $4,200 for pediatric blood cancer research at Dana-Farber.