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Appeal: George and the Giant Pledge

Sometimes people you’ve never met can have the most profound effect on you. It’s happened to me, and without doubt thousands of others who have heard the heartbreaking story of George Woodall from Reigate.

This is George.

He’s four years old, and on January 3 he was diagnosed with cancer. In those few short weeks, he’s already become well acquainted with the Royal Marsden Hospital. And during the next year he will continue to do so. Over the coming months, George will will undergo chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and then more chemo for good measure.

My heart breaks for this family. And for this gorgeous little boy. But George’s parents, Vicki and Woody, are facing this thing head on, and while enduring this awful journey with their son, they’ve pledged to raise £100k for the Royal Marsden to help support the work and research of the children’s team.

They achieved that target within weeks, but are hoping to raise more to help fund the Marsden’s work in research, treatment, diagnosis and patient care.

This is what they have to say about the team at the Marsden: “The doctors and nurses at The Royal Marsden do an abso-bloody-lutely 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!”

I’m very happy to share the link here for those of you who are touched by the Woodalls and want to help the Royal Marsden:

Every penny raised will go directly to the Royal Marsden.


2 comments on “Appeal: George and the Giant Pledge”

  • Sandra Johnstone January 30, 2017

    I have been going to the Marsden at Sutton for 16 years for treatment of.Chronic Lymphacytic Leukaemeia ..I am so lucky to have been given the best treatment there by wonderful staff. Of course it is hard living your life on a rollercoaster, and back and forth, expensive, and still trying to bring up two children who have to share the uncertainty…but I have now seen my daughter married and the birth of my first grandchild.
    However I do find it very hard to see the youngsters, especially the teens and those in their twenties…who in their best years, are having their lives messed around whilst having their treatment…I am always greatful that at being 70 this year, at least I have lived a good life thus far, touching woodxx

    • amberevans January 30, 2017

      Thanks for sharing your story Sandra, and I’m sorry to hear of your illness. There’s no doubt the Marsden do an amazing job, and have touched so many of us. xxx


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