Published: Dec 10, 2011 4:50 AM EST
Updated: Dec 10, 2011 4:59 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla -- Firefighters across southwest Florida are coming together to help the son of one of their own.

Bonita Springs firefighters Steve Edelsberg found out in May, his two year old had a rare form of brain cancer.

Friday night, his friends and colleagues held a benefit at The Pub in the Mercato in Naples.

The Edelsberg family describes the last seven months as hell but their son has come a long way since May fighting a rare rhabdoid tumor that just three in a million kids get.

"Up until September he was jello, he wouldn't hold his head up and then September 10 he smiled," says Leslie Edelsberg, Ayden's mom.

Two and a half year old Ayden Edelsberg sits upright, alert, even talking at his Estero home. His parents say it's a miracle. Just a few months ago, doctors told them their son would never talk or walk again.

"When they took him for his MRI, it turned out the tumor took up 20 percent of his brain and we later found out it spread to his spine and then found out, this tumor only has a 9% survival rate," says Steve Edelsberg.

Gulf Coast FOOLS is an organization of local firefighters who put together a fundraiser for the family called Fill the Boot for Ayden.

"You talk about brotherhood. There is no brotherhood more than that," says Edelsberg.

Steve is a Bonita Springs firefighter, but Friday nights benefit brought out support from all over southwest Florida. Fort Myers Fire Chief Ken Donson presented the family with a check for $2,000 on behalf of the Fort Myers Fire Department and Cape Coral Fire Department from money raised during the pink heels tour.

"Firefighters are used to looking out for the community and occasionally one of our own is in trouble and so we step up and help each other out and that's what this is all about," said Chief Donson.

Ayden's tumor is still present but now the size of a fingernail. The Edelsberg's are taking it one day at a time, but thankful for each moment they have with their son.

There is a fund set up for Ayden at Bank United. They have locations in Bonita Springs and Naples. It's called "Fill the Boot for Ayden Edelsberg."