Oskar Lindblom: Cancer-free and hopeful for a return
This past Thursday, Oskar Lindblom officially rang the bell at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Abramson Cancer Center. The Flyers forward had been battling a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s Sarcoma since December 2019.
Both Lindblom and the Flyers posted videos of the bell ringing, a ceremonial act that patients perform once they have completed their last round of treatments. This was an incredibly heartwarming moment for Oskar, his girlfriend Alma Lindqvist, and his nurses (who all wore Oskar strong T-shirts for the occasion). Oskar thanked his nurses by gifting them with a Lindblom signed jersey and lots of photos.
But seriously, if you want to smile, check out this video:
Fight. Inspire. Overcome. Celebrate.
— x-Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 2, 2020
Even Captain Claude shared the good news by retweeting the video.
That’s amazing ❤️ https://t.co/oHQ6wE4Gza
— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) July 2, 2020
Just the photos that Lindblom took with his treatment team were wholesome enough to make any hockey fan get teary-eyed.
While the 23-year-old will not return to play with the Flyers if the NHL playoffs resume, he hasn’t missed a beat. Throughout his illness, Lindblom continued to participate in as many events with the team as possible. He attended many games and continued to support his team from the sidelines and in the locker room, still made an appearance in the team photo, and has continued to step on the ice and skate whenever possible.
On June 23, The Flyers officially announced Oskar’s return to practice via social media with the caption, “You absolutely just love to see it.” A statement that for Flyers fans, absolutely rings true.
In multiple interviews, Oskar has expressed his desire to return to the game saying, “I look forward to the day I’m back on the ice” and “… and play some hockey, that will be unreal, to get back to real life again and have fun.” With Oskar being a 23-year-old kid, it makes perfect sense that he’s itching to get back to doing what he loves.
Thankfully, Lindblom is now one giant step closer to making these wishes a reality. I think I speak for all of us when I say how grateful I am for his recovery and that I hope to see this young superstar out there playing hockey as soon as possible.