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#VBGIVESBACK: Jennifer James

May 1, 2016

We are honored to support The Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as part of our ongoing #VBGIVESBACK program and will be donating $10 of every VeronicaBeard.com order in May to the cause.

Jennifer and Robert James started The Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
(MSK) in honor of their daughter, Scarlett, who was diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoma in 2013. “In my wildest dreams I never thought one of my children would be diagnosed with cancer,” says Jennifer. “This is NYC. I worried about a cab jumping the curb on the walk home from school, but cancer? Not on my radar.”

The Scarlett Fund supports pediatric cancer research and aims to raise awareness through various events, such as the annual Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer which supports pediatric cancer research at MSK. Nearly 16,000 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer this year yet pediatric cancers receive only 4% of the US federal funds allocated to cancer research.

How did you find out your daughter had cancer?

Scarlett, my now 9-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in October 2013. It was just like any other evening in our house. I had just finished reading a story to Scarlett and I was sitting next to her in her bed. I was gently stroking her cheek and tucking a piece of her hair behind her ears when I felt a hard lump on her head that felt like a marble. I moved my hand around her head and I realized that there was more than one. I immediately ran to the living room to get my husband. As he felt her lumps, I whispered above my daughter's head, "Could this be cancer?”

She was diagnosed six days later with a rare form of lymphoma. It literally took me weeks before I could say the word cancer and my daughter's name in the same sentence. I was gripped with fear. Fear of the intense treatments and the painful procedures. Fear of the uncertain future.

“In my wildest dreams I never thought one of my children would be diagnosed with cancer.”

And how did you give Scarlett and the rest of your family this news?

My husband Robert and I were always very honest with our children about Scarlett’s diagnosis. I told Scarlett that I was going to ask her to do a lot of procedures every day (for example, take medicine and get a lot of shots) that she was not going to want to do, but that she would have to do in order to get better. I assured her that I would be there with her every step of the way — and I was.

What were you the most surprised to find out about the treatment of pediatric cancer?

That Scarlett would be in treatment for over 2 years.

What made you want to start the Scarlett Fund?

While I’m grateful for the current treatment because it saved my child’s life, I think we can do better. I wanted to raise money specifically for children and specifically for research to help the doctors and scientists find more effective, less lengthy, and less toxic treatments for children with cancer.

Why is it important to raise awareness about pediatric cancers

Until my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, I did not know that pediatric cancer research is drastically under-researched, under-funded and rarely discussed. The market for kids with cancer is too small to attract the attention of big pharmaceutical companies. Meanwhile, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children — more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. A lack of funding impedes scientific discovery that we desperately need to improve survival rates and to create more effective and less toxic treatments for these sick children.

“While I’m grateful for the current treatment because it saved my child’s life, I think we can do better.”

What advice do you have for other parents and families going through a similar situation?

While the treatment for pediatric cancer is harsh, I always tell new families that they are going to find strength that they did not know they had. Often, they will find this strength from their own child! Children are incredibly resilient. Scarlett has taught me so much. I remember asking our doctor, “Is Scarlett going to be the same Scarlett after all of this treatment?” He responded, “No, she is going to be wiser and more compassionate.” And he was right.

Scarlett, Robert, Austin and Jennifer James.

Scarlett James

How has going through this with Scarlett changed your outlook on life?

When Scarlett and I go to MSK for her monthly visit, I am inspired. I am inspired to be a better person and to be a better mother. There is a constant reminder to appreciate life. We leave the hospital a little more humble than when we walked in and a little bit more tolerant of the world around us. We leave knowing that things will get better for these children that are falling in Scarlett’s footsteps. We know that people, people like you, are trying to make a difference.

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us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
US SIZE SHOULDERS BUST WAIST HIP
00, XS 14.25 31.5 24 34
0, XS 14.5 32.5 25 35
2, XS 14.75 33.5 26 36
4, S 15 34.5 27 37
6, S 15.25 35.5 28 38
8, M 15.5 36.5 29 39
10, M 15.875 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 16.25 39.5 32 42
14, L 16.625 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 17 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 17 47 40 50
20, 2XL 17.5 49 42 52
22, 3XL 18 51 44 54
24, 3XL 18.5 53 46 56
 Jacket Size Dickey Size

00

00 - 14

0

00 - 14

2

00 - 14

4

00 - 14

6

00 - 14

8

00 - 14

10

00 - 14

12

00 - 14

14

00 - 14

16

16 - 24

18

16 - 24

20

16 - 24

22

16 - 24

24

16 - 24

us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
us size bust waist hip
00, XXS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
 US SIZE WAIST HIP
23 23 34
24 24 35
25 25 36
26 26 37
27 27 38
28 28 39
29 29 40
30 30.5 41.5
31 32 43
32 33.5 44.5
15 36 46
16 38 48
18 40 50
20 42 52
22 44 52
us size waist hip
00, 24, XS 24 34
0, 25, XS 25 35
2, 26, XS 26 36
4, 27, S 27 37
6, 28, S 28 38
8, 29, M 29 39
10, 30, M 30.5 40.5
12, 31, L 32 42
14, 32, L 33.5 43.5
16, 15, XL 35 45
18, 16, 2XL 40 50
20, 18, 2XL 42 52
22, 20, 3XL 44 54
24, 22, 3XL 46 56
us size waist hip
00, 24, XS 24 34
0, 25, XS 25 35
2, 26, XS 26 36
4, 27, S 27 37
6, 28, S 28 38
8, 29, M 29 39
10, 30, M 30.5 40.5
12, 31, L 32 42
14, 32, L 33.5 43.5
16, 15, XL 35 45
18, 16, 2XL 40 50
20, 18, 2XL 42 52
22, 20, 3XL 44 54
24, 22, 3XL 46 56
 US SIZE EUROPE UK
5 35 3
5.5 35.5 3.5
6 36 4
6.5 36.5 4.5
7 37 5
7.5 37.5 5.5
8 38 6
8.5 38.5 6.5
9 39 7
9.5 39.5 7.5
10 40 8
10.5 40.5 8.5
11 41 9
 US SIZE BUST WAIST HIP TORSO
XS 32-34 24-26 34-36 58.5
S 34-36 26-28 36-38 60
M 36-38.5 28-30.5 38-40.5 61.5
L 38.5-41.5 30.5-33.5 40.5-43.5 63
XL 41.5-43 33.5-35 43.5-45 64.5
2XL 47 40 50 70

Conversion Guide

VB US NUMERIC

VB US/INTL ALPHA

IT

FR

UK/AU

CN

KR

00/24

XXS

34

32

2

150/72A

33

0/25

XS

36

34

4

155/76A

44

2/26

XS

38

36

6

160/80A

44-55

4/27

S

40

38

8

165/84A

55-66

6/28

S

42

40

10

170/88A

66

8/29

M

44

42

12

175/92A

77

10/30

M

46

44

14

175/96A

77

12/31

L

48

46

16

180/100A

88

14/32

L

50

48

18

185/104A

88

16/15

XL

52

50

20

190/108A

99

18/16

2XL

54

52

22

195/112A

-

20/18

2XL

56

54

24

200/116A

-

22/20

3XL

58

56

26

205/120A

-

24/22

3XL

60

58

28

210/124A

-

How to measure the body:

Size Guide Diagram

How to measure the body:

  1. Shoulders: measured from shoulder blade to shoulder blade
  2. Bust: circumference measured at the fullest part of the chest
  3. Waist: circumference measured at the smallest part of the waist
  4. Hip: circumference measured at the fullest part of the hips (or 8” down from the waist)
  5. Sleeve length: measured from the center of the back of the neck to the wrist
  6. Inseam: measured from the top of inside the leg to the ankle
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