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Gritty surprises young Flyers fan with new custom prosthetic leg

Mascot stunned Caidan O'Rourke, 7, with Philadelphia-themed gift bag

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Gritty gave Caidan O'Rourke the greatest early birthday present any Philadelphia Flyers fan could ask for.

The Flyers mascot surprised the 7-year-old with a custom Gritty-themed prosthetic leg at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

O'Rourke was born with a rare orthopedic condition and has several Philadelphia-sports themed prosthetics. He will turn 8 on July 6 and had asked for a Gritty-themed prosthetic but had no idea he'd receive it from the Flyers icon himself. 

"I was surprised," O'Rourke said on Fox29, before addressing Gritty directly and saying "You're my favorite mascot."

O'Rourke is a Gritty fanatic from Abington, Pennsylvania, about 13 miles north of Philadelphia. Aside from his new leg, O'Rourke also got a Flyers swag bag, which included a customized jersey and Gritty poster.

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