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

Our Progress

Today we used the last of our family passes and went to a waterslide park that's part of the same group as all the things we went to yesterday. I have to admit this isn't normally my thing, spending a day walking around in nothing but a swimsuit and going on rides that make your stomach churn with gallons of water constantly coming at you, but all of us had a brilliant day so buying the family pass for all these attractions was 100% a result I'd say!

We enjoyed everything from simply sitting in the wave pool watching Alex and George larking around through to the boys thinking it was hilarious to watch me step out of my comfort zone going in rubber rings down slides and even into black hole they somehow managed to convince me to! (Thank goodness they were out of earshot for my swearing and cursing as I went down it!)

George qualified to go on many of the rides just squeaking over the 1.20m minimum height limit. He was certainly much braver than me but thankfully his favourite ride was the gun cannon / water pistol boats which weren't going to put his back at any sort of risk. We also splashed out and paid to have a VIP covered area that meant we had beds and plenty of shade all day. We'd forgotten sensible things like towels and you had to pay for beds anywhere in the park anyway so chucking it on the credit card felt like a good idea.

You wouldn't believe it but we also bumped into another Reigate family! They'd come fully prepared and had even brought their own sandwiches! We helped them polish the last few off before enjoying an ice cream or two to finish our day off. Now it's time for bed with a much quieter day around the pool planned for tomorrow!!

Between us we've got this.

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Donate or join the Giant Pledge 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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