Gritty is so many things, but above all, he’s a big hairy piece of joy.
On Tuesday, Gritty, the legendary Philadelphia Flyers mascot, surprised 7-year-old fan Caiden O’Rourke at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Gritty was there to deliver a custom Gritty-themed prosthetic leg to Caiden, who was born with a rare orthopedic condition that requires him to use two prosthetic legs.
Caiden, whose birthday is in a week, seemed thrilled to receive it. Look at his face.
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Hospital staff reached out to the Flyers after Caiden requested that his next prosthetic be Gritty-themed. Caiden has had multiple sports-themed prosthetic legs in the past, many of them from Philadelphia teams, according to Fox 29.
Caiden also received a custom Philadelphia Flyers jersey.
Twitter was delighted by the entire exchange.
The power of Gritty is a wondrous thing.
— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) June 25, 2019
Gritty, please consider coming to the Mashable office to meet me, a 35-year-old adult.