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Southern Indiana boy battling Leukemia made honorary captain at football game

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana boy battling Leukemia had his first chance to play football.

Aiden Johnson was the honorary captain of the Silver Creek West Dragons in Sellersburg.

“Aiden is a two time cancer survivor but the community here just wraps their arms around him and makes him feel like he’s part of the team,” said Gina Johnson, Aiden’s mother.

The 12-year-old has not been able to physically play football because of his condition. When the coaches heard the boy’s story they immediately wanted to help. Aiden led the team on the field and even had the chance to score his first ever touchdown.

"To see the joy that Aiden has on his face when he was invited to come in and participate in this really ignited the fire in our boys to want to come out and play hard today and dedicate this game to him and his family," said Jeff Dickson, an assistant coach.

Aiden's parents say they really appreciate the support from the community and the team.

"It teaches them something. It teaches our son something and it's just amazing," said Jason Johnson, Aiden’s father.

The team also gave Aiden a signed jersey so he can always remember his time on the team.

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