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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We've had a mixed bag of emotions today. We've been absolutely thrilled to hear just how well the Oxted School RAG week kicked off their five days of fun, frolics and fundraising today. Truly amazing to see so many teenagers and teachers supporting children with cancer with George and the Giant Pledge!!! I literally can't wait to get over there and join in with them later this week!

This was coupled with a mini drama with one of our radiators dropping off what we can now see is a crazy crumbling wall behind it 😬 Followed by an emotional goodbye with our lovely community team as we were officially discharged following today's last ever home visit.

Of course we're over the moon and unbelievably grateful to be in this position but they've been such a large part of the biggest trauma of our lives so we're inevitably going to miss them. All remaining drugs bagged up, sharps box and all Hickman line care kits gone, just a few dressings and various bits kept for good measure (what can I say, you know I'm a hoarder!) Off went George skipping into school beautifully oblivious to all of this going on around him!

So some days you feel like you're winning but others you want to curl up and pull the duvet over your head. Today I flip flopped between both of these feelings as late last night we received a message that hit home hard from one of our lovely Proton families. Needless to say everything that could have been seen as bad today was more than put in perspective by the sad news we received from our friends.

In her Dad's brilliantly written words Hannah did not lose her battle to cancer, "...She never really had a battle to win. She defied cancer with a fierce determination to live as much as she could" In his public Facebook post he referred to her as a true Yorkshire Rose and had one request..."Hannah was such a kind loving soul. If you want to do something for her we ask that you give a little time for someone else in the coming days. Go visit an elderly relative, go spend time with a lonely neighbour, go cut someones grass, volunteer an hour of your time to a charity, buy a homeless person a meal. Then tell them it was from little Hannah Barry."

Of course we will my darling, rest in peace little girl xxx

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