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Where it all started

Hi! We’re Jae Ro and Juliana Brewer, a brother-sister team from California. Our story is one about cancer, babies, and, well, life.

2018 was a momentous year for us. Juliana gave birth to her first child, and Jae went through a series of major life changes. 2018 was also the year our father, who had been battling lymphoma for six years at that point, needed a bone marrow transplant. While it was an anxious period leading up to the transplant day—and a long road of recovery afterwards—we were beyond thrilled that the transplant was a success. As a result, our dad was given a second chance at life, and our family was given the opportunity to stay together longer.
2018 was a momentous year for us. Juliana gave birth to her first child, and Jae went through a series of major life changes. 2018 was also the year our father, who had been battling lymphoma for six years at that point, needed a bone marrow transplant. While it was an anxious period leading up to the transplant day—and a long road of recovery afterwards—we were beyond thrilled that the transplant was a success. As a result, our dad was given a second chance at life, and our family was given the opportunity to stay together longer.

We loved our dad, and it was so hard to watch how radiation and chemotherapy wreaked havoc on him. One issue we kept talking about was how hard the process seemed to be on his skin, a side effect his doctors assured was very common. But it was frustratingly challenging to find safe products for him that weren’t just safe, but also felt good. We gave him the common drugstore brands we knew were ok for him to use, but we wanted to be able to do more.

Taking care of his skin seemed like an opportunity for self-care, and the available products just never felt good. We tried to find good substitutes from luxury skincare brands that billed themselves as natural, but they all contained ingredients that weren’t suitable for someone who was immunocompromised.

So we decided to make our own. Inspired by our whole family’s experiences that year, we started Happy 2nd Birthday to provide skincare options that are gentle yet effective for everyone in our family, from cancer patients to nursing mothers—and everyone else, too.

Our goal has been to make beautiful products that aren’t just safe and thoroughly tested, but also feel incredible.

We believe that taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be another unnoticed part of your day-to-day routine. Even if it only lasts a few seconds, that time can be a special moment that helps you reconnect with yourself, and give you the opportunity to do something nice for you. It’s a little present you can give yourself every single day.

Our Advisors

Of course, we knew we couldn’t craft such delicate formulations on our own—we’re not doctors, after all. So we teamed up with leading dermatologists who specialize in Dermato-Oncology and Cosmetic Dermatology & Surgery to help us with formulation safety and efficacy as advisors. We also regularly consult with many dermatologists for second opinions, and we work with some incredible labs in both the U.S. and South Korea who embrace our vision to bring to life products with innovative ingredients from around the world.

Bernice Kwong, M.D.

Bernice Kwong, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. She completed medical school at Yale University, and completed her dermatology residency at Stanford University in 2012. Dr. Kwong serves as Director of the Inpatient Dermatology Consult Service and Director of the Supportive Dermato-Oncology Program at the Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Kwong has a special interest in the management of skin complications that arise in cancer patients including chemotherapy-related skin side effects, radiation dermatitis, and graft-versus-host disease.

Dr. S. Tyler Hollmig

Dr. S. Tyler Hollmig is Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at Ascension Texas and UT Dell Medical School. He grew up in New Braunfels and attended Duke University, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Hollmig then attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and graduated as valedictorian. He underwent dermatology residency training at Stanford, followed by a fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Hollmig subsequently returned to Stanford to join the medical faculty as Mohs surgeon and Director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology. He was recruited to UT Dell Medical School and Ascension Seton to become the Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology.

Dr. S. Tyler Hollmig is Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at Ascension Texas and UT Dell Medical School. He grew up in New Braunfels and attended Duke University, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Hollmig then attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and graduated as valedictorian. He underwent dermatology residency training at Stanford, followed by a fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Hollmig subsequently returned to Stanford to join the medical faculty as Mohs surgeon and Director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology. He was recruited to UT Dell Medical School and Ascension Seton to become the Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology.

Dr. Hollmig has a special interest in skin cancer removal and advanced, highly aesthetic surgical reconstruction, along with safe, evidence-based, laser and cosmetic dermatology. He enjoys leading a team in providing exceptional care for skin cancer as well as for cosmetic purposes, with a focus on evidence-based management of common and rare skin conditions. He is frequently invited to give lectures nationally and internationally on Mohs Surgery, Surgical Reconstruction, and Skin Health and Beauty, and is regularly cited as an expert in the popular media, including the New York Times, Good Morning America, and Vogue Magazine, among others.

Outside of the office, Dr. Hollmig enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with his wife and three children.

From product concepts to individual ingredients, we work with our team of dermatologists and chemists to formulate products that address real skin concerns and verify ingredient safety throughout the whole process. Their expertise, access to medical journals, clinical data, and patient feedback are key to product development.

These products are made with our own family in mind, and we want to make and deliver products safe enough for all of us, including our father, who needs products safe enough for cancer patients, and our mother, who needs gentle formulations for her dry, aging skin. And for the founders? We’ll only consider making products suitable for Jae’s oily, acne-prone skin, and for Juliana’s needs and concerns as a nursing mom, too.

We’re always on the hunt for new innovations around the world to create the most effective products available, and we use scientific research to vet every ingredient we incorporate into our products. Each ingredient we use has a distinct purpose to deliver real results, and we never include fillers or unnecessary elements in our formulations.
From product concepts to individual ingredients, we work with our team of dermatologists and chemists to formulate products that address real skin concerns and verify ingredient safety throughout the whole process. Their expertise, access to medical journals, clinical data, and patient feedback are key to product development.
We’re always on the hunt for new innovations around the world to create the most effective products available, and we use scientific research to vet every ingredient we incorporate into our products. Each ingredient we use has a distinct purpose to deliver real results, and we never include fillers or unnecessary elements in our formulations.
These products are made with our own family in mind, and we want to make and deliver products safe enough for all of us, including our father, who needs products safe enough for cancer patients, and our mother, who needs gentle formulations for her dry, aging skin. And for the founders? We’ll only consider making products suitable for Jae’s oily, acne-prone skin, and for Juliana’s needs and concerns as a nursing mom, too.

We’re here for you

We’re here
for you
We know firsthand the challenges and struggles that a family experiencing cancer goes through. If someone in your family is going through cancer, it is our sincerest hope that Happy 2nd Birthday can offer you one less thing to worry about, and we also want you to know you’re not alone. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help—we’re building a vibrant community of people who’ve been where you are, and we’re also always producing stories and community resources to help support families just like ours.

We are grateful to the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff at the Stanford Cancer Center for giving our father the best support and care possible. A portion of our corporate profits are given to charities and organizations that mean a lot to us—all focused on cancer research, mental health, and giving others who may be disadvantaged or overlooked a second chance at life.
On transplant day, our father was gifted a “second birthday.” We’re so grateful to share in your experiences, offer up ways to take care of the people you love, and just celebrate together. Happy 2nd Birthday.
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