George and the Giant Pledge

On January 3rd 2017 our son George was diagnosed with cancer. A PNET soft tissue Ewing's Sarcoma.
This is his story and our Giant Pledge to raise £1,000,000 to help beat childhood cancer so no other child has to suffer in this way.

We decided to set up ‘George and the Giant Pledge’ because no child should ever have to have their childhood taken from them in this terrible way.

VickiGeorge's Mum
Alex and George

On 3 January 2017 Vicki and James Woodall (Woody) received the news that’s every parent’s worst nightmare. They were told by doctors at The Royal Marsden Hospital that a lump they’d found on their then four-year-old son’s back was in fact cancer, a rare PNET soft tissue Ewing’s Sarcoma.

From being a perfectly healthy and happy little boy George and the Woodall family’s lives changed overnight. Over the course of 2017 he endured 14 rounds of chemo, had part of his spine removed during 10 hours of complex surgery and received proton therapy in the USA thanks to the NHS.

Vicki and Woody are trying to make the best of their bad situation and, despite navigating George’s difficult cancer journey, supporting his older brother and trying to maintain some semblance of family life, they’ve pledged to raise £1,000,000 to help beat childhood cancer.

“Seeing all those young children with no hair and tubes coming out of them on our first visit to The Royal Marsden was truly heartbreaking. Yet the thing that struck us the most was how many of those kids had a smile on their face. It was then that we decided to set up ‘George and the Giant Pledge’, because no child should ever have to have their childhood taken from them in this terrible way.”

Help Team George and the Giant Pledge raise £1,000,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

None of the money raised is directly for George, your donations will go 100% to the children’s team at The Royal Marsden Hospital to help fund much needed research into children’s cancer as well as help The Royal Marsden team continue the outstanding work they’re doing for children and families affected by cancer.

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Today brought us to the end of our fantastic family half-term week away and I can safely say that Vicki, the boys and I have had a brilliant time. We've been lucky to continue to have some beautiful winter sun which always makes it easier to get out and about. It's more than kept us busy from thinking of George's pending MRI scan too much as well as begin to enjoy a bit of Vicki's early 40th birthday celebrations to boot!

We've both been able to relax this week without all the admin of home life around us plus it's been brilliant for Vicki to be able to be as you can when you're with two of your very best friends - from crying one minute to being daft and laughing her head off the next! This will however only make the contrast from the fun of these last few days to the return to 'hospital life' tomorrow all the more stark.

George's post treatment MRI scan means so much to us not just for the obvious super important check that he is disease free but it also marks the start of planning to rid him of his Hickman Line which still marks him out as a cancer patient restricting some of the things he can do. I find it hard not to get carried away with George and his recovery, banishing any dark thoughts that might enter my mind with those of 'just exactly when will he swim, play football or rugby in the future' alongside dreams of other family holidays yet to come.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves we have to negotiate tomorrow morning which will be the first time in a while that he will have to go 'nil by mouth' since his appetite has more than returned and we'll have to deal with a 'hangery' five year old.

At least we'll have the fantastic stories and photos from the past week to distract him with - from throwing stones on the beach through to todays mega 'pooh sticks' game alongside all the usual football and Hot Wheels fun.

We ended our trip away with a huge home cooked roast dinner for all 12 of us. Yet another highlight before finally packing up and all heading off on our separate ways back home. Let's just hope the memories made this week are enough to cancel out the fear and anxiety in both tonights and the next few night's sleep ahead of tomorrow's MRI and the following days of waiting on those all important results.

Between us we've got this.


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