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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Our Progress

Today I arrived to collect George from school only I'd completely forgotten he's now started at an after school club 🤦🏼‍♀️ Something that's quite normal for kids to do only for George this is his first so it's pretty big news. He still crashes spectacularly getting so tired even a year on from his cancer treatment finishing so we've been avoiding mid-week extra curricular activities for obvious reasons. Much like many other kids he doesn't know how to read the signs and isn't able to find his off switch so throwing chemo and proton radiation in and we've got ourselves an even harder to read mix!

Needless to say he's been pestering us to do something after school for ages and even got upset a few times when his friends have headed off to a mid-week football club so guess what we put him in this term... that'll be chess club! Not quite what he was expecting or hoping for but we knew it would be best to not start on anything physical. Needless to say, despite never playing chess before, he loved it!

Being that we used to spend hours in isolation in hospital we could have done with knowing how to play chess back then! That's precisely where we were with George on this day in 2017 as he was in isolation for his first post chemo infection as well as having his first ever blood transfusion. Something that originally sounded pretty scary that fast became part of our cancer everyday routine with 16 blood and platelet transfusions over the course of the year (which is nothing compared to some children with cancer so thanks to all of you that are able to donate blood as many wouldn't still be alive without your help!!!)

Talking about spending time with the kids, this half term the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, together with the Harlequin Theatre & Cinema, is putting on a film gala fundraiser where one of the shows is the new Lego movie!! There are in fact 4 films (I just couldn't fit them all in today's picture) on the weekend of Friday the 15th to the 17th of Feb. I know we're booking in to see the Lego movie and I'm going to try and convince some of my friends to come to along to the sing-along Greatest Showman! See anything you might fancy?! (More details on this link, socsi.in/F99y1) As it's a fundraiser there's a few extras included, for example before the lego movie they'll also be 'fun in the foyer' and you get a small snack and a drink all as part of your ticket price. Get in quick and book with the Harlequin to secure your tickets helping to beat childhood cancer in the process!!

Between us we've got this.

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Donate to help beat childhood cancer or join the team with your own fundraising event in 2018 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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