Harrison (Harry) Bennett
Harrison (Harry) Bennett, 12, of Malden, Mass., a seventh-grader at St. Joseph School, created a nonprofit organization with his younger brother to produce a line of all-natural lip and body balm products that they sell to support Hodgkin’s lymphoma research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. When Harry’s friend Timmy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s in May of 2016, Harry “couldn’t believe that someone so young, active and healthy could have cancer.” He immediately wanted to do something to raise money, but also help his friend feel better during his arduous chemotherapy treatments. “I had heard that cancer patients’ lips and skin can get very dry from treatments, so I thought making a lip balm would be a great idea,” Harry said.
So, with the help of their family, the Bennett brothers began researching ingredients, testing recipes and hand-producing all-natural, vegan and chemical-free lip and body balm products. A family friend, who is a graphic designer, created a logo for their brand, called “Bennett Brothers Balm.” Then they designed labels and packaging, and their parents helped them set up a website and social media accounts. Next, Harry and his brother were ready to start marketing. Most of their sales are made at craft shows and special events, such as 5K races and cancer fundraisers; the products are also available at a local salon, a yoga studio and on Etsy. So far, Bennett Brothers Balm has raised more than $5,300 to help find a cure for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “We feel this work is important because friends help friends,” said Harry. “It’s just what you do.”