Family holds superhero funeral for young cancer patient

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (CNN) – In September, an Indiana news station introduced the community to a then four-year-old Brayden Denton and his mother Staci. Brayden was in the middle of his battle with a brain tumor. His mother says it was a battle fit for a superhero. But as the months went on Brayden got worse. “He stopped completely walking. Then we got through that hurdle. Then he started not being able to eat or drink,” said Staci.

Earlier this month Denton took Brayden to Riley Hospital for Children to stay. Then, on May 8th, Staci said, “basically he stopped breathing.” When planning a funeral for her superhero something came to Denton’s mind. Forget the suits and dresses, instead she wanted her loved ones representing what Brayden loved the most, superheroes. “He was a huge Spiderman fan. He had to quit just liking Spiderman because he had all the toys. So really he liked every superhero,” said Staci.

And a league of superheroes showed up. Pallbearers dressed as Brayden’s favorite superheroes, from Spiderman to Superman. Brayden’s uncle, Cory Denton, who dressed as Thor, said, “It was hard, but I did it for him. We went to the Superman movie with him and he was dressed up as Superman. I watched all the Ironman’s with him.”

Courtesy: WLFI
Courtesy: WLFI

The picture of the Denton’s superhero being carried by his superhero friends has had hundreds of shares on Facebook. It may have been an unconventional funeral, but as his mother puts it, “that’s what Brayden would’ve wanted.” Cory says even if Brayden is not with him in the flesh he will always be his number one movie buddy. “He’s always here with me, and I’ll always watch them with him because he is always with me,” said Cory. Denton donated her son’s tumor to research. She is also working with Indiana Senator Ron Alting to get Indiana to recognize September as national childhood cancer awareness month.

(This script originally by Kelly Roberts has been modified for the web.)

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