Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom completes cancer treatments

Dave Uram
July 03, 2020 - 10:53 am
Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom completes cancer treatments

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Wearing “Oskar Strong” and “Fight with Oskar” T-shirts, nurses at Abramson Cancer Center in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania cheered proudly as if they were watching a Flyers win at the Wells Fargo Center.

Instead, they were witnessing 23-year-old forward Oskar Lindblom ring the bell, signifying the end of his treatments for Ewing’s sarcoma.

“Feels like I’m having birthday, Christmas and all those holidays at the same time,” he said on Flyers TV. “Feels awesome to be done and can’t wait to just get back to normal life again and start feel like I’m living.”

At the time his season ended, Lindblom was playing well with 11 goals and seven assists in 30 games.

Fortunately, they were able to catch his disease early. He was diagnosed with the rare bone cancer in December 2019.

Lindblom stressed the importance of getting yourself checked out if something seems wrong. 

“In the start, I wasn’t really sure about it, then my girlfriend told me, ‘You have to check it out,’ and I did luckily — and luckily, it ended up pretty good too,” he said. “Got my chemo and everything worked fine, so I can’t complain about that. I’m just happy that I’m alive and that got it early.”

Lindblom said he appreciates the wide-ranging support he has received since day one.

“Can’t explain how much that meant to me, especially in the start when it was a rough time,” he said. “I got all those kind words and just make me feel so much better and calm. It really helped along the way, that’s for sure.”

The Flyers broke the news of Lindblom’s completed treatments on Twitter, followed by a message from a young fan, Jacob Orlick, who is also an Ewing’s sarcoma survivor.

“You’re a true warrior like everybody else who has to face this awful cancer nonsense in your life,” the preteen said to Lindblom in a video, “and you are continuing to inspire everyone and do everything amazing.”

On Feb. 25, Jacob was a guest of the Flyers and received one of Lindblom’s sticks.

Now, Lindblom is focusing on getting back in shape. Although he won’t play again this season when the league tries to resume play sometime this summer, Flyers President and general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement: “Today is a great day. Congrats to Oskar. We look forward to having him rejoin our team in the near future.”

After Lindblom rang the bell Thursday — while wearing a black Phillies hat — he pulled a signed orange Lindblom jersey out of his backpack to give to his nurses, with a message that said, “Thank you for everything!”