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
I felt like such a wally today driving the kids to school with the windows down and a mask on this morning but Woody is away so needs must. I know to many covid isn't so much of a thing anymore, in fact for me it's only been a snotty nose, having a sore throat and feeling overwhelmingly tired, but that doesn't mean it's not still worth doing some sensible things like trying to stop the kids and other people from getting it as you never know who might suffer seriously from it.

This also meant it was the first time I properly got up and dressed for the last couple of days which was good as I was starting to get feral. I pulled over and waited in the car while Alex walked George the last few steps into his school then later tonight Nana Sue helped and picked them both up. I still needed to walk Murray today but as it happens I found taking him out really helped blow the cobwebs off and I felt so much better afterwards (thankfully where we take him is super quiet and anyone that came near got a seriously wide berth).

Alex cooked pizzas for dinner then it was a movie night for them while I nodded off again. I really can't complain as I'm already starting to feel so much better a couple of days in, but as I said I know it's not the same for everybody and a news article I clocked today said UK numbers are massively on the up again. Needless to say it's going to be an incredibly quiet weekend.

Between us we've got this.

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Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2022 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 to help with any event you may be thinking of email Mari-Louise.White@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com Alternatively write to us at The Giant Pledge, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Fundraising Room, Downs Rd, Sutton, SM2 5PT.

Accessibility Visual Description: Tonight's photo shows the boys about to do the school run, me sat parked up in the car with a mask on, Alex walking George into his school, then the boys being dropped off by Nana Sue. There's a selfie of Murray and I as well as one of him dragging me along on his walk today, plus one of the boys on the sofa watching a movie this evening with Murray in his little chair next to them.
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