The sisters, who live in Easttown, started their charity about six years ago when Molly was 11 and Carly was 9. Their paternal grandfather, Michael Otto Houlahan, died of esophageal cancer and they wanted to do something in his memory.
The girls’ maternal grandparents were beekeepers and the girls already had experience as beekeepers. The year their grandfather died, they had a surplus of honey from the bees their maternal grandparents already had.
The family, sitting around their kitchen table one night, realized they could sell the extra honey and donate the money to cancer research.
And with that idea, Hives for Lives was ready to take flight. They then received a donation of honey from the beekeepers’ club their grandparents belonged to.
That first year, in 2004, they sold their jars of honey at local fairs and horse shows and made their first donation to the American Cancer Society for $2,000. With that, Molly said, “we realized it could be an actual business.”
The more they sold and the more they donated, the larger Hives for Lives became.
A few years later, in 2007, Whole Foods in Devon offered to sell Hives for Lives’ honey. Not too long after, it started offering the honey regionally and soon after nationwide.Read more of this story here…..