In sports, sometimes we need a reminder that there are bigger things than wins and losses.
Providing smiles for two youngsters battling cancer is a beautiful example.
Dave Hakstol and the Flyers helped make those special memories possible on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Maddie Swenson, 10, and DJ Allen, 12, both fighting cancer, were welcomed into the Flyers' locker room to offer some pregame motivation before the team hit the ice against the Sharks.
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Swenson and Allen pumped up the guys by announcing the Flyers' starting lineup.
It was an awesome moment.
(Pictures courtesy of Flyers PR guru Zack Hill.)
Maddie & DJ, both who are battling cancer, read the starting lineup to the team tonight. We fight for you, Maddie & DJ! #TogetherWeFight pic.twitter.com/masWGznl7v— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 29, 2017
Just four days ago, Swenson finished her final chemotherapy treatment. On Tuesday, she celebrated her 10th birthday. And last week, she met the Flyers after practice.
Four days ago, she had her final chemotherapy treatment.
Tonight, on her 10th birthday, she drops the puck at Hockey Fights Cancer night.
You rock, Madeline Swenson. 💜 pic.twitter.com/FGv12Q5YM5— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 29, 2017
This is in conjunction with the NHL's #HockeyFightsCancer initiative.
Bravo to the Flyers and all those who push the cause forward - and, most notably, to those who continue to fight.