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 Progress

George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
Today our little dufus of a dog turned 6 months old 😍 I never would have thought the introduction of this little loveable rogue into our lives could change things so much but he really has and only for the better. Yes we're still making up the juggle of the kids, work and now puppy care / his walks as we go along but it's all been worth it for every ounce of love and happiness that he brings ❤️

It helps that he's got a super sweet character to temper all the crazy energy he brings as believe it or not he also enjoys a quiet moment together. Today being a prime example of George being shattered after school and football with Murray there when he crashed out on the floor to keep him going 🥰

Chemo and all things cancer really are fading into the background thanks to the combination of time / distance from George's treatment as well as little Murray being such a positive distraction for all of us. Lookbacks still also help propel us forward with this day being the anniversary of starting George's 11th of 14 rounds of chemo 5 years ago now which in so many ways doesn't even seem possible.

We never know what path life is going to take us on but one thing's for sure, don't write things off as for us even having a dog just a year ago also didn't feel plausible and yet the life change he's brought us is truly quite remarkable.

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 kids about to do the school run and George heading off to football training this evening. There's also a photo of him shattered on the floor with Alex there and Murray on top of him. Finally there's a picture of George on this day in 2017 dragging his chemo infusion pole around with him. The last three photos are then of Murray from today. One of him looking super sweet and still so very puppy like, another of him running looking like a maniac and finally one of him sat looking so happy up at Woody during their walk earlier today.
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