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Update: 4th Feb 2017, World Cancer Day
So, here we are. One month since we found our gorgeous George had cancer. And one month closer to the doctors giving us the all-clear...we hope!
The last 4 weeks has seen more days in hospital than at home (aka The Royal Marsden and their shared care hospitals). In fact, we're in what we call 'hotel hospital' now with George having just finished his second round of Chemo. Round one was pretty rough with sleepless nights, blood transfusions, huge mouth ulcers and our very frightened 4 year old struggling to understand what's happening to him.
We set up George and the Giant Pledge shortly before he was diagnosed with the aim to raise £100,000 for The Royal Marsden Hospital. That was pretty ambitious, or so we thought! 2 weeks in and you smashed it! You blew us away with your generosity and heart felt support. You're quite simply amazing!
We genuinely thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made this last month so much more manageable.
Assuming everything goes to plan, George has a year of intensive treatment ahead of him. We'd love to keep the Giant Pledge going for the next year as well. That's why we've decided to set a new ambitious target of *drumroll please*...
Help George raise £1,000,000 to beat cancer in kids with the world renowned Royal Marsden Hospital!
That's right, we've added a zero to the target(!)
If you'd have spent as much time as we have over the last month at this wonderful hospital (and we pray you never have to), you would see the difference every penny makes. Not just with their world pioneering research into cancers or their diagnosis, but with their treatment and patient care too.
Any amount you can spare will make a huge difference. Help the Royal Marsden Hospital save the lives of more children with cancer the world over. And hopefully George's life too.
Join our team with your own fundraiser: https://giantpledge.com/team
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Update: 3rd Jan 2017
We’re three days into 2017 and the doctors at The Royal Marsden hospital have just given us the news we’ve been dreading; George has cancer. A Primitive Neuro Ectodermal Tumour (PNET) to be exact. Happy New Year everyone!
We first discovered Tony the tumour hitching a ride on George’s back five weeks ago. And in the time since, George has undergone a whole series of tests and procedures, many of them painful, to determine if Tony was benign or something more sinister. Each and every result came back negative.
So we were quietly optimistic that George’s doctor was going to deliver some good news (if you can call a tumour growing close to your 4 year old sons spine, good news). Instead, the words that came out were four words that we’ll never forget “Your son has cancer”.
You often hear people describe getting bad news as being like a ‘hammer blow’. Well, it’s true – if after the initial blow, the hammer then reaches inside you and pulls your insides out. We’re completely distraught at this moment in time, this news really has knocked the stuffing out of us. But mark our words, Tony has picked a fight with the wrong family.
The next year is going to be tough, we know that. Over the next two weeks George will undergo four general anesthetics in order to confirm if the cancer is anywhere else in his little body. He'll be having a PET CT scan, a bone marrow sample taken from both his hips, a CT scan of his chest, as well as have a Hickman line go in ready to start his treatment ASAP. Treatment will ideally start within the week and, over the coming months, will include a trio of intense Chemo, Surgery, Radiotherapy followed by more Chemo for good measure. But what that cancerous tumour Tony doesn’t realise is that we’ve got all the amazing doctors and nurses at The Royal Marsden helping us every step of the way. And you can help too.
Help George raise £100,000 for The Royal Marsden Hospital.
After our first visit to the Royal Marsden, we decided no family should ever experience this. That’s when we had the idea for ‘George and the Giant Pledge’. Little did we know then that George would become a regular visitor just like the kids we wanted to help.
So please dig deep. Your money will make a massive difference to all those whose lives are affected by cancer. Oh…and George still intends to keep his promise of giving every last person who donates a hug!
Vicki & Woody x
First Post: 31st Dec 2016
As some of you may be aware, our gorgeous son George has been in and out of The Royal Marsden hospital over the last month or so. And it’s all because an unwelcome visitor (Tony the tumour) decided to set up home on the base of George’s spine.
To say that these last few weeks have been the most terrifying, out of control time of our lives, doesn’t even scratch the surface. And yet, as things stand, we still don’t know what the next stage of this journey holds for us. But what we do know is that George’s health is in the best possible hands.
The doctors and nurses at The Royal Marsden do an absobloodylutely amazing job. Not just with George, but with all the kids who have had their childhood rudely interrupted by cancer. Why they don’t wear capes to work is beyond us!
The truth is we’d rather have gone through life never having had the need to make the acquaintance of anyone at The Royal Marsden (or Tony’s, for that matter). But now that we have, we want to do everything we can to help make it easier for them to do their jobs. And that’s where you lovely people come in!
We need your help to raise £100,000 for The Royal Marsden Hospital.
Now you know why we called it ‘George and the Giant Pledge’!
Every last penny of the money raised will go towards helping cancer to ‘do one' once and for all (funding The Royal Marsden’s pioneering work in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and patient care).
You can donate right here, right now. It only takes a few clicks, we promise! Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little more creative, adventurous or masochistic you can do a sponsored run, cycle ride or similar crazy thing! We’ll leave that up to you. Just get in touch and we’ll guide you on how to get involved.
Thank you in advance for your donation. It really means the world to us. But more importantly, it will make a massive difference to all those whose lives are affected by cancer. George has even promised to give every last person who donates a hug (he loves a good hug!).
Love Vicki & Woody