As a wife, mother of two, and designer, Jenny Beeghly’s life forever changed on April 19, 2018 when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia—a type of cancer that affects white blood cells. To survive, she would need a bone marrow transplant; however Asian-Americans can only expect a 73% chance of finding a match. With the knowledge of the remarkably low availability of bone marrow donors for people of Korean descent, Jenny's extended network jumped into action, getting the word out. Eventually the hard work paid off—a perfect match was found and Jenny received a life saving bone marrow transplant.
Determined to not let the efforts of friends, family, and doctors be in vain, Jenny decided she wanted to do something meaningful with her second chance at life. When her cousin, James Lim, an ER physician, suggested the idea of a scrubs company, it was at that moment—from both sides of a hospital bed—Perilla was born.
More than fulfilling her dream of starting her own business, Jenny realized that she could use her company as a platform to bring awareness to the dire need for bone marrow donors, especially within minority communities, while also giving back to those who helped her in her battle against cancer.
In April 2021, after 3 cancer relapses, 2 bone marrow transplants, and endless Car-T cell therapies, Jenny’s fight came to an end.
With Jenny’s passing, the future of Perilla came into question. Then James met up with Jenny’s niece, Kelley, who always talked with Jenny about one day coming in to help her run the business. They discussed what would next for Perilla and soon things started falling into place. After many discussions with the whole family, the decision to pass the business down to Kelley was made.
Now under the reins of Kelley, our goal is to take Perilla to the next level—not only in terms of success—but to continue to grow and thrive in Jenny’s honor and legacy. Even with new leadership, Perilla’s mission remains the same, give back to cancer research and Be the Match to provide people all over the world a second chance at life and honor those who fought hard until the end.