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Charlie Capalbo, 23, was greeted by friends and family on Friday as he returned from hospital after beating cancer for the third time.

A former hockey goalie, Charlie still loves the game and he felt the love of the hockey community throughout his battle with cancer.

Charlie Capalbo, 23, was greeted by friends and family on Friday as he returned from hospital after beating cancer for the third time.

They chanted Charlie’s name on a parade outside his house, hitting the ground with sticks and wearing hockey jerseys to show their support.

“I said to Charlie, ‘we’re not doing this anymore,’” Charlie’s father Anthony Capalbo said. “It’s too much, I’m overwhelmed. Just when you thought you were overwhelmed the first or second time, the third time, you’re like ‘oh my god’.”


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“There’s no real way to say thank you to everyone except I guess it can be a way… I really couldn’t have done it without them,” Charlie said. “My family couldn’t have done it without them.”

Charlie even got a special visit from Bridgeport Islanders goaltender Cory Schneider, who was passing by and noticed the crowd. Schneider offered his support and welcomed Charlie to the house.



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Charlie is in remission with the help of his brother, who donated bone marrow in his second bout and T cells and stem cells this time around.


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