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 we got to leave our local hospital but not for long as we were only heading out for short bursts of home leave. Basically George is well enough to pop out but still needs his IV medicine so we're back here tonight and in and out until they're happy with his progress. We really appreciate the flexibility from the East Surrey medical team. It's little things like this that help make hospital stays so much more bearable if and when they're ever possible.

We first headed home only to be called back for an ultrasound of George's arm. Although it's not red or as swollen anymore the ultrasound showed there's still a lot of excess fluid lurking under the skin around his shoulder (to be fair you can also see it's not right from just looking at him!) They explained that if you think of the infection as a sponge, the antibiotics job is to squeeze it all out so his body then excretes it out. However, sometimes with cellulitis the infection can form into bubble like buckets which the antibiotics then can't get into to break it all down. If this is the case they have to be surgically removed or drained with a needle 😲 Thankfully George's arm had none of these so fingers crossed we'll be home soon and back to normal!

Whilst at home on today's mini hospital breaks we spent time playing in the garden, enjoying looking back through photos and of course ended up in Pistachios Cafe in Reigate Priory Park and Pizza Express Reigate for pizza and dough balls! The photos from this Friday last year showed the end of George's first week of Proton therapy! It also made George beam as we relived through pictures of the Fernandina Beach Fire Department seriously spoiling us! (We both also laughed as we noticed a year on and he's wearing the same t-shirt!)

This unbelievably kind team gave us a tour of their American Fire Station. Gifted the boys goody bags filled with stickers, treats and super cute fire hats. Plus gave us a day filled with horn honking, water spraying as well as a trip out around the streets in the cab of their fire truck! We'll always be grateful to them for looking after us! We had to share a few pics tonight as they made us smile so much 😁

Whilst in Pizza Express we also bumped into the kind guy whose bringing a Maserati Gran Turismo to our car show on Sept the 15th at the Reigate and Banstead Town Hall! Remember to mark the date in your diary and pop along to meet the Mayor as well as have tea, cake and a tour of our local Town Hall. (If you have a lovely modern or vintage car you'd be happy to bring along on the day for people to look at then please also do get in touch with us!)

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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