Ailing boy becomes a New York Islander for a day

- Brandon Bloom may never be able to play hockey, his favorite sport. But on Tuesday, he lived every fan's dream. The 8-year-old was given an all-access pass including an honorary locker and the official gear to practice with the New York Islanders.

"It's really cool and I'm having a lot of fun," Brandon said.

He was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year. His family said time spent with the team takes his mind off treatment.

"This is just the best day for him. I don't think he'll ever forget it," said Stephanie Bloom, Brandon's mother. "He's smiling from ear-to-ear."

This is all part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Random Acts of Light campaign to bring awareness and light to the darkness of cancer. Not only was Brandon at practice, he was invited to Tuesday night's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

"[It's] just great to give him an amazing experience and also for us realize how fortunate we are," Isles Captain John Tavares said.

It was a day equally enjoyed by the players including his favorite, Josh Bailey.

"The impact, especially not only for him but also his parents, how hard it must be for them," Bailey said. "Like I said, just good to have a day like this to get their mind away from it."

Brandon said it was a dream come true. 

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