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DALLAS -- With a flip and a flop, Hari Mari is helping fight cancer one step at a time.

Jeremy and Lila Stewart of Dallas started the company last year. Both spent time in Indonesia helping poverty-stricken children, and that led them to want to help children here.

We give $3 for every pair we sell to help kids with cancer, said Jeremy Stewart, Hari Mari founder.

That portion of the company's sales goes to little ones battling cancer at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.

Jeremy and them really believe in the promise of Cook, and I think the two organizations really [make a good] match [...] to truly treat kids, regardless of their ability to pay for the care they receive, said Grant Harris of Cook Children's Health Foundation.

They're flips flops that offer comfort for you, and comfort, too, for kids with cancer. Hari Mari also outfits patients with flip flops in addition to giving money for every pair sold.

I think it allows the kids to just take a break from the seriousness of treatment and allows them to be kids again, Stewart said.

Harris said the Stewarts reach out with more than just donations.

They are very engaged -- they give their time and energy," he said. "[They] come over and visit our patients."

Besides helping sick children, Hari Mari helps the environment, too.

Our flip flops are made from 100-percent recyclable rubber foam, so when our customers are through with them, they can actually turn them back in to us, [and] we will recycle them or repurpose them, Stewart said.

It's a step forward for the environment, for kids with cancer, and for a start-up company that values giving back.

At the end of the day, we were going to make a great flip flop," Stewart said. "But if we could help kids at the same time, it would be an even better flip flop."

As of Monday, the company has raised nearly $10,000 for Cook Children's Health Foundation.

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