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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Known for trying to squeeze a lot into our day you might even go so far as to say we over did it a tad today...! From an early start bagsing a great spot and making the most of Cornwall's Harlyn Beach, to visiting the National Lobster Hatchery then taking in one of the Padstow Sealife Safaris we weren't too surprised when George fell asleep mid boat ride today 😬

It was pretty much the same on this day last year where the four of us went to the World Para Athlethics Championships to inspire the boys watching and meeting some of the athletes from Team GB. Then going on to the Collier Wood JFC Giant Pledge fundraiser in Essex later that afternoon where the boys got to meet Gunnersaurus the Arsenal mascot ...but at least back then George had a good sleep during the car ride.

To be fair it's a fine balance between making memories, having fun as a family and going at a pace that George post chemo and all his cancer treatment can now cope with. His energy levels are still very unpredictable, he'll never admit to being tired and woe betide him letting us put him down for a sleep during the day. In fact the only way to enforce some true rest is take him on a car journey and let the motion do it's best!

Rather than a car, today it was the motion of a boat that tipped George over the sleepy edge. Did he and Alex have a brilliant day, yes, but do we sometimes ask ourselves if we did too much, on days like today yes we do. But having woken myself up crying having a nightmare about him relapsing and his cancer rearing it's ugly head again makes you want to make the most of every moment just in case you don't get a chance to have it again.

God only knows what my trigger was to set me off in my sleep but in the early hours of the morning I was sobbing and things felt pretty bleak! This led to a day where I couldn't stop hugging and staring at George, he and Alex probably thought mummy was having a funny five minutes all day. If only we could guarantee his cancer will always stay at bay but knowing Ewing's Sarcom sadly that's all too often not the case so here's to making the most of every day!

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