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Cancer survivors Madeline Swenson and DJ Allen announce the Flyers lineup, and Swenson also drops the first puck on Hockey Fights Cancer night

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Tuesday was probably the coolest birthday of Madeline Swenson's life.

Swenson turned 10 and celebrated by announcing the Philadelphia Flyers starting lineup in their locker room, along with DJ Allen, before dropping the ceremonial puck before the Flyers Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night game against the San Jose Sharks.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: We had a very special puck drop tonight with Maddie Swenson, who is currently battling leukemia. We fight for you Maddie, (Happy 10th Birthday!) �� pic.twitter.com/vsPsqbMefQ

Swenson, who is from Warminster, Pennsylvania, had acute lymphoblastic leukemia but finished her last chemotherapy treatment last week. She looked quite calm dropping the puck toward Joe Pavelski and Claude Giroux in front of more than 18,000 fans at Wells Fargo Center.

Allen, a 12-year-old from Philadelphia with Osteosarcoma, announced the goalies and defensemen before Swenson took over with the starting forward line. Each kid was given pounds by the players after their moment in the room.

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