PBA great Avelino ‘Samboy’ Lim's first photo since suffering a stroke over two years ago was posted on social media a day after the man they call the ‘Skywalker’ celebrated his 55th birthday.
The inspiring image showed a smiling Lim flanked by daughter Jamie Christine to his right and wife Darlene Marie Berberabe to his left as he went home to his Blue Ridge abode for the very first time to be with family members, loved ones, and friends on his special day.
Danielle Wicklund, whose mother Maricor is the sister of the former San Miguel Beer superstar, posted the heartwarming family portrait on Facebook, marking the first time Lim was seen in public since suffering a stroke during a Legends game at the Ynares Center in Pasig on the night of November 28, 2014.
The US-based Wicklund, a content creator at Odyssey and CPR Ambassador for Western PA at American Heart Association, had the photo taken via Face Time when she and her mom greeted Lim during his birthday.
She noted the keen preparation needed to transfer his uncle from his condo unit, which has served as his own personal hospital since he was discharged last January 14, 2015, to his Blue Ridge home.
“Aunt Lenlen (Darlene) made sure an ambulance was on standby, while Ate Jamie lovingly watched over her dad with so much love and concern,” Wicklund wrote on her Facebook account.
In a scene that warms the heart, Wicklund even disclosed how Jamie’s dog, Kitty, so missed the the ‘Skywalker’ that the family pet was all over ‘Uncle Samboy in excitement.’
“Everybody had tears of joy, while they sang happy birthday to the Skywalker,” wrote Samboy’s niece. “Later that day, Fr. Gigi Yabut offered Holy Mass for the special intention of continued healing.”
Wicklund, who wrote an endearing 14-chapter tribute to mark his Uncle Samboy’s birthday last April 1, extended thanks to her Aunt Lenlen, Ate Jamie, Yaya Ella, Aunt Marilyn, and Lim’s medical team led by chief nurse Elaine Indong and Pauline for making the event possible and memorable.
“For now, we thank and ask all of you to continue praying, offering special Masses for Uncle Samboy’s recovery,” she said. “Aunt Lenlen, Ate Jamie, my mom, and our families will always be grateful.”
Wicklund ended her post the way she started it, stressing, ‘Where there is GREAT LOVE, there is always a GREAT MIRACLE.’