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 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 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 vital funds 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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George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
Today I ventured out of the house and into Redhill for what feels like the first time in ages. It goes without saying, we've been firmly sticking to the lockdown #3 rules relying on home deliveries and only going to our local common two minutes away or Woody out for his daily run as exercise but it's funny how somewhere so familiar can feel so novel and strange.

I left the house as Alex's new meds were ready to collect and we want to start him on them this Monday. I know it's not as big as the medicine haul we took home on this day in 2017 when George finally left The Royal Marsden - Sutton having finished his first ever round of chemo...and nothing will compare to all the drugs, dressings and medical equipment we accumulated over the course of the year of his cancer treatment (as you can see from this pic taken on Jan the 16th in 2018), but the start of Alex's epilepsy meds still feels significant!

Thankfully the shops were super quiet and I drenched myself in hand sanitiser every step of the way as the last thing we need is to bring more chaos with covid into our house at the moment! (I can't remember if we ever said but Woody's plasma he donated for the covid trial came back as not having enough antibody levels their test could detect which doesn't necessarily mean he didn't have the virus but equally his body isn't showing enough levels of antibodies to show that he did 🤷🏼)

Either way a yummy brunch and a slow day where the boys alphabetised their Match Attax cards made for the mellow Saturday we all needed (aside from when Leicester City Football Club scored their two goals in tonight's game where Woody and the boys could be heard by all of our neighbours!) Yes we let Alex and George stay up as one late night isn't going to hurt them, plus after a day of lazing around and a few weeks where we've gone to ground it felt like the perfect way to spend our evening.

Between us we've got this.

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Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2021 at https://giantpledge.com/team

Buy one of our 'Tackle Childhood Cancer' tees or pick up your superhero cape in honour of the doctors, nurses and super brave cancer kids at http://giantpledge.com/shop

Sing along & share our charity 'Do a Big Poo' song, https://youtu.be/U3iOmhIIc_s or buy it here, https://giantpledge.com/buy

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Or for help with any event you may be thinking of email Lydia.Clark2@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com
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