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SPRINGETTSBURY TWP., Pa. -- A 9-year-old boy may only have months to live after doctors discovered two brain tumors.

Ayden Zeigler-Kohler felt perfectly normal two weeks ago, until he had an accident at football practice in Springettsbury Township, York County.

The No. 4 Eastern York County Blackhawk was running a lap during practice when he fell and couldn't get up. He was having trouble walking, so his dad, Bill Kohler, took him to the hospital.

Kohler said, "They found two tumors in the back of his head where the cerebellum was affecting his gait, his walk, his balance."

He was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Max Fink, his football coach, said, "If anyone can pull through its Ayden."

Ayden was born after his father returned from Iraq. Kohler said he wasn't coping well after he got back from the war.

"He was born and I went into the hospital that day and he saved my life. I can't his," Kohler said.

Ayden brought the Springettsbury Township community together. At the Blackhawks' first scrimmage, he helped coach the team, and his teammates saluted him with their fingers outstretched in the number four.

Shay Weber, the EYC commissioner, said,"To see how much people step up right now. It puts a tear in my eye because it's just really amazing that that many people love this little guy and want to do what we can to help him through all this."

Ayden said he is not giving up.

"You can do anything if you believe," Ayden said.

His dad said they are still looking into different medical options to get rid of the tumors.

But no matter what, Ayden's team is rooting for him.

To donate to Ayden's GoFundMe page, click here.

To donate to Ayden's Meal Train, click here.

To visit Ayden's Facebook page, click here.