Mayor Gary Christenson recently met with Malden brothers Harrison “Harry” (12) and Heath (8) Bennett to commend them on the success of their nonprofit, Bennett Brothers Balm, and to congratulate Harry on his recent win of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The boys began their nonprofit in June of 2016 after their close friend was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The all-natural, chemical-free, vegan lip and body products were created to raise money for cancer research as well as to help cancer patients ease the dry skin and lips that are often experienced as a result of chemo treatments.
The brothers donate all profits to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and to date they have raised more than $5,300. They have received numerous prestigious awards and honors for their efforts, including the National Catholic Educational Association’s Youth Virtues, Vision and Valor Award and Massachusetts General Hospital’s 100 Everyday Amazing Ones To Watch Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Most recently Harry was named one of the top two youth volunteers in Massachusetts for 2018 in the 23rd Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and he will travel to Washington, D.C., this spring for a series of recognition events.
Harry and Heath are working toward their goal to reach out and inspire more young people to volunteer in their communities and schools. Raising awareness for childhood cancer is especially important to them because only 4% of federal government funding goes to pediatric cancer research, and they believe strongly that children deserve more than 4%.
For more information about the Bennett brothers’ initiative, please visit http://bennettbrothersbalm.virb.com/.