Catrin Backstrom has always put her sons in the forefront, coaching them to all hockey practices when they were younger, and it was no different when she had devastating news three years ago. The center of capitals, Nicklas Backstrom, was in the middle of a playoff series. She kept her diagnosis of breast cancer secret until the end of her season.
"So I can focus on hockey," said Backstrom. "I think it was the right thing to do, but it even caught me off guard. You hear so much about it, but when you and your family are affected, it shocks you.
It's been a year since Catrin was spared from cancer, but this experience has remained unchanged with Backstrom, who has a new idea of the fight that needs to be fought to defeat the disease and the fear that can affect the cancer. family when a loved one is diagnosed. As part of the Capitals' Blue Jackets night against the Blue Jackets, Backstrom will wear lavender skateboarding blades during the pre-match warm-ups that he will sign and auction. Atlantic, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Flash of Hope. The auction will take place during the second intermission of the Washington match against Columbus; Backstrom Auction Listing can be viewed online.
For Backstrom, it's a way to honor her mother with her in town for the game.
"She had to go through a difficult time," he said. "I think it's important to show him my support. It will be a surprise for her. . . . I have a lot to give back for all that she did for us, my brother and I, when we were younger and all she sacrificed to take us to the ice rink at every time. If my father worked, it was she who took care of us. I am very close to my mother and I am lucky, and I am happy. "
Two years ago, while she was undergoing treatment, the Capitals wore a Hockey Fights Cancer jersey during warm-ups and Backstrom had the nameplate "Catrin", just like Swedes Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson . It is he who has approached the capitals by offering an auction of the blades of personalized skates with his name, his number and the logo of Hockey Fights Cancer printed on them. Catrin won her battle with cancer and Backstrom now wants to help others do the same.
"It's a difficult thing to do, I think, to have that in mind and the opportunities available to it," said Backstrom. "For someone who has not had it, I think it's really hard to understand. I just asked her, and that's the kind of person who always makes her happy and smiling, but she thought about it a lot and did some research. But I mean, she did a good job and she stayed positive. "