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

Sometimes I chuckle at just how random we can be. Woody was walking past a charity shop and picked up a second hand guitar the other week. Add to that an electric piano we were offered when someone was throwing it out, in theory we should have had a staring role today at the boy's school music concert!

The funny thing is not one of us can play a musical instrument! Alex was singing in the choir today but he only ever turns up when he remembers that they're practicing that day 🤦🏼‍♀️ I occasionally rock out my one handed rendition of the dancing piano moment from the Tom Hanks movie BIG but who knows, watch this space, soon we could well be launching our own self taught George and the Giant Pledge band 😂

Joking aside after all the positive impact of George's music therapy, coupled together with my hoarding habit, we figured there's no harm having both of these instruments in our house. That said the piano fast became a dumping ground and the guitar might end up just being a dust collector! If we can encourage the boys to pick up either it could end up being a seriously good habit to have, we may in fact even discover one or both have hidden talents! As a good start the boy's school music teacher kindly had the guitar re-strung hence us having it today in the school playground...thankfully most people had gone home so didn't hear George's random strumming!

At the concert after school George was pleased as punch as he sat next to one of his absolute favourites of Alex's year group parents. Equally he was feeling tired so snuggled in for mummy cuddles, ending up trying to lay across us. When we got home it was early to bed ...time to dream about our Giant Pledge band! Talking of music don't forget tomorrow's your last chance to buy tickets for our 90's club night in the Cellar Rooms at Reigate Manor this Friday night! (www.facebook.com/events/2460046630674541/) Hope to see lots of you there!!!

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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