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

This morning George had football practice. Both he and Alex were more than happy playing in the park in their Leicester City Football Club kits! As you can see from today's photo someone wasn't too keen on getting their body brace back on, even to get to this point was a bit of a negotiation / battle. To be honest we never blame him putting up a fight but deep down inside we all know it has to happen.

It was lovely to see so many of his friends and and it gave us a chance to catch up with their parents. I found myself flip flopping between a whole host of feelings as being so close to his next scan, in everyday moments like these, I can suddenly find myself having unusually morbid thoughts. I know that sounds odd but when you're having such a lovely time the 'what ifs' can all too easily creep in.

...what if his scan next week shows his cancer has returned?! What if this is the calm before the metastatic storm? Today we had another reminder of how vulnerable life can be when dealing with cancer. We met Lisa Wells at last year's JustGiving awards ceremony as we were on stage announcing her as Crowdfunder of the Year and stayed in touch with her ever since. Less than 12 months on, at 5am this morning, she passed away. A battle with Bowel cancer leaving two girls and her husband in her wake 😢

In the next breath I flip back and rationalise that George is still looking so well, that from the get go Lisa knew she was terminal, but that doesn't stop these horrid thoughts popping up out of nowhere and feeling heartbroken for her family. This afternoon's distraction was working our way through our house to gather things up ready for the Oxted Carboot Sale tomorrow. Finally we have the car fixed thanks to Holmesdale Garage in Reigate squeezing us in so we booked ourselves a pitch at this Titsey Rotary Club event.

As much as I packed the boys kept taking things out. I have to admit the hoarder in me is even tempted to put a lot of it back again! But now it's earlier than usual to bed so we can pack the car up tomorrow and try to sell more than we bring home with us!

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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