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
This morning we dropped Woody at work before going on to take Alex for his Sunday training session at the Old Reigatians Rugby Club. With the sun shining George and I didn't bother going home heading straight on to one of our favourite places, Reigate Priory Park, even heading back there once we'd picked Alex up!

George and I kicked a ball about and at one point popped into the highstreet to nip to see the Boots pharmacist. Over the last few days George has developed strange little blisters on his right ear that aren't anything major but are starting to bother him ...with the amount of time we still spend in Hospitals and at the Doctors we thought we'd try the pharmacist as an easier route to manage something that seems pretty trivial. We thought, having looked it up, it's what some refer to as 'juvenile spring eruption' aka. a rash triggered by exposure to sunlight that seems to have resulted in these mini blisters on his ear which are oddly nowhere else to be seen.

The pharmacist didn't know what it was but said they looked like some sort of allergic reaction. I talked through George's cancer and chemo as stranger things can happen after subjecting your body to all of that toxic / invasive treatment but we're still none the wiser (Just to be clear we don't think it's treatment related as that finished a good while ago but equally he's never had it before. As I said, it's only minor so we're not worried about it we simply went because we were there).

Whilst on the highstreet you could visibly see the effort that's gone into the shops being reopened tomorrow! Flags are flying high and shop windows are looking spick and span ready for the easing of the third national lockdown tomorrow! You may or may not know that the Reigate Business Guild have coordinated a treasure hunt that people can start tomorrow with clues being released on their website as of Monday morning with others hidden throughout the town in the shop windows so if you're local be sure to look out for them! (More details on the hunt and the prizes that can be won can be found here, https://www.reigatebusinessguild.co.uk/treasure-hunt/)

The Redhilll and Reigate community have not only continued to support our Giant Pledge to Help Beat Childhood Cancer, but also wrapped us in their arms as a family when we were living our own nightmare childhood cancer experience. We can't wait to see their doors open and hopefully businesses and the town centre start to flourish again as of tomorrow!

Between us we've got this.

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Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2021 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 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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