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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I don't know how but we managed to miss the huge thunderstorms and massive downpours they predicted for the Isle of White today unlike the rest of the UK by the sounds of things! Here it was still hot and humid so we harnessed up yet again for our final fun packed full PGL day!

All of us were shattered as you definitely don't come here for a relaxing holiday but after a boost from breakfast we headed on over to take on the 'vertical challenge'. Honestly, would I do any of this if the boys weren't here...hell no! Let's just say my lockdown lack of exercise and covid stone, plus not being a big fan of heights in the first place, has made many of the activities a serious personal challenge! But we have to set a good example if we're going to encourage both Alex and George to give everything a go 😳 I say that as we could see George was super tired but were so proud of him giving it his all yet again today. He may have got just a couple of metres up but it wasn't for the want of trying with a bit of help from Woody pushing him up from below 💪

It therefore wasn't a surprise that, after taking part in some orienteering, George had a mini meltdown resulting in Woody carrying him. But after some lunch and a rest he was happy to sit and let Woody and Alex take him out canoeing again 🥰 The rest of the afternoon was pretty mellow with all the children we're with having a hours of fun crabbing 🦀 With the final treat of the day being songs and storytelling around a campfire with some of the PGL Little Canada staff earlier this evening!

Here they asked the families what they'd learnt about themselves these last few days and what they were most proud of. Woody and the kids had headed back to camp with some of the rest of our group by this point but I couldn't help but stand up and say just how overwhelmingly proud I was of both of our boys, explaining that our youngest son had previously had cancer but had given his all to pretty much all of the challenges ❤️ I know it sounds so cheesy and daft but I often want to shout it from the rooftops as I'm so unbelievably proud of him! Here's to the Giant Pledge helping other childhood cancer patients to thrive and get back up on their feet again!

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