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Hart trades jersey for friendship bracelet with young fan fighting cancer

Flyers goalie sent autographed reverse retro to 5-year-old Carter Gettler

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Happy Carters Day.

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart and five-year-old fan Carter Gettler decided to exchange some gifts this week just because.

Gettler, who is battling Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a rare form of cancer where the body produces too many white blood cells, shipped Hart some friendship bracelets.

In return, Hart sent Gettler his very own Flyers Reverse Retro jersey.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Wholesome Carter(s) Content. 🧡When Carter Hart received his first Reverse Retro jersey, he felt it should really belong to Carter Gettler, a five-year-old battling LCH.Hartsy and the Flyers are #cocostrong. pic.twitter.com/ULYROqlEM4

"Someone tagged me in their picture of Carter wearing a Flyers shirt with my name and number on the back and saying he loves to wear that shirt with his favorite player on the back to his cancer treatments," Hart said. "So I reached out and I said I wanted to get some bracelets to show my support. They were ecstatic. Then I got my reverse retro jersey from our team. We're supposed to do a little reveal with that, and I kind of thought that it would be better that in return for the bracelets that maybe we did that first reverse retro jersey in return to show our support for him and his fight."

Gettler has has received some care packages from around the Philadelphia area, including from the Phillies, Eagles and Sixers, but the Flyers also shared a custom video from Hart.

"I saw his sister read out loud what I wrote on the jersey, and like I said, I just wanted to brighten up his day, and I know he's going through a tough time. So anything I can do to help I'm glad to do it," Hart said.

The Flyers goalie thanked the young fan for his bracelets and let him know to keep looking out for a package in the mail.

Stay strong and keep fighting buddy," Hart says in the video. "I got your back."

Bracelets can be purchased at Gettler's Instagram page (@cocog_strong) for a $15 donation.

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