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Flyers help brain cancer patient celebrate special anniversary

46-year-old man skates with players two years after diagnosis

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The Philadelphia Flyers gave Keven Chandler a fun way to celebrate a serious anniversary Tuesday.

Chandler, a 46-year-old Philadelphia resident, skated with Flyers players at their practice site in Voorhees, New Jersey.

It marked two years to the day that Chandler was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Forwards Travis Konecny and Jordan Weal, defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere and Philippe Myers , and goaltender Carter Hart were on the ice with Chandler, who called skating with the team a "bucket list" item.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Kevin, a huge #Flyers fan, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma three years ago. With the help of his wife, he wrote a bucket list. At the top of that list was to play hockey again. Today, with the help of the team, he was able to check that off his list. #HockeyFightsCancer 💜 pic.twitter.com/a6I0vocM2U

Chandler also got a tour of the Flyers locker room, and Gostisbehere presented him with an autographed jersey.

Tweet from @johnborukNBCS: Flyers welcomed Keven Chandler to the SkateZone in Voorhees. Today marks two years since Keven���s diagnosis of glioblastoma. pic.twitter.com/A1xkUNDscT

"Obviously I feel lucky to be where I am in my life," Gostisbehere told NBC Sports Philadelphia. "Just to help people out who are going through a tough time. It sucks for sure, but you've got to make the best of it. Any time you get the chance to do this it's awesome. A lot of guys didn't have to stay out there and do it, but they care enough to do it. It's cool to see and hopefully made his day."

Chandler, a married father of five, played hockey in his youth but Tuesday was the first time he's put on skates since his diagnosis. His treatments have affected his balance but he enjoyed the experience.

"I get tired easy from the treatments and stuff," he said. "Other than that I feel like I'm doing pretty good."

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