Krista McNallyOct 17, 2017, 5:43 pmNov 15, 2017, 4:06 pm

Boy with stage 4 cancer hits the ice with his favorite NY Islanders players

Brandon Bloom scored several goals alongside his sports heroes


EAST MEADOW — Surrounded by his favorite team, 8-year-old Brandon Bloom took on the title of Islander for a day by showing off his hockey skills on Tuesday.

"I thought I would be so scared but I had a lot of fun," Bloom said.

The special day was made possible by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Bloom has stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma but that didn’t stop him from hitting the ice with his favorite players.

"I could see how big his eyes were out there, really enjoying himself. 20, 30 guys out there talking to him, he definitely opened up as the day went on," Islanders player John Tavares said.

His parents say this is one of the best days of his life.

"It’s amazing being able to see him smile out there. Brandon and I know we will never forget this, we will talk about it forever," said Brandon’s father, Brian Bloom.

After getting on the ice and scoring a few goals, Brandon sat on the side to watch the Islanders practice. He was front and center to see his favorite player Josh Bailey, who he also met last year at an event.

"It’s great. I think I was able to form a bond with him last year. It was nice to see them and it is an honor for sure," Islanders player Josh Bailey said.

After his day as an Islander, Brandon had this message to other kids that are struggling with cancer: "Be strong and stay healthy."

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