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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The Big Push

Our campaign, inspired by the ‘Do a Big Poo’ song 💩

Our Progress

Knowing George had a friend's birthday party this afternoon today started with us lazing around and grazing to help us manage his energy levels. This involved indulging in a double breakfast including loads of cereal and crumpets (yes there's a crumpet lurking underneath all of that chocolate spread!) Woody had taken Alex to the Dorking Rugby Club Minis Festival where they were having a brilliant time in today's glorious sunshine! By 12 he had to leave to go to work so George and I tagged in to catch the last two of Alex's matches.

Originally I'd intended to get there a bit earlier to squeeze a 30 min run in before Woody had to leave but at first I couldn't my keys to the house and then I couldn't find the car keys, ghaaaaa! 🤦🏼‍♀️ As soon as I arrived I dropped George with him and started running but only managed 10 minutes meaning I ran just over a mile ...my old self would have died at even the thought of that yet now I'm thinking that's no where near enough considering I've got to add on 25.2 more with the London Marathon in just 5 weeks weeks time, gulp!

Tonight it's my turn to sit here shattered. After a busy weekend, coupled with my ongoing sleep issues, I'm feeling like a zombie! On the flip side George was on brilliant form and LOVED the football party he went to this afternoon! Our friends were so kind and let Alex join in too and, believe it or not, they even cracked out the BBQ! Quite the difference to this day when George was in treatment having yet another a blood transfusion as well as x-rays in his isolation room to see what on earth was going on with his lungs on this rounds post chemo infection 😢

Back then it was the Momentum Children's Charity that put a smile on his face with one of their music therapy sessions. For us the added bonus was an article on our fundraising efforts appearing in the easyJet inflight magazine!! Incredible to think how much we've raised to help beat childhood cancer with all of your help since back then!

Between us we've got this.

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Sponsor Woody and I to run the Brighton and London Marathons this April 2019 to help beat childhood cancer, uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GiantPledge

Donate or join the team with your own fundraising event in 2019 at 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 giantpledge.com/shop

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