5-Year-Old Who Died of Cancer Gets Superhero Funeral
byKaitlin StanfordMay 20, 2014
When 5-year-old Brayden Denton lost his year-long battle with brain cancer on May 8, family and friends were understandably devastated and heartbroken. But knowing how much the little boy loved — and we mean loved — comic book heroes, they instantly knew how to orchestrate the perfect send-off for the brave little boy.
So as his tiny casket left the church and made its way to burial grounds this week, it was carried by none other than Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and the Incredible Hulk — just as Brayden would have wanted.
Throughout his year-long treatment, Brayden often received chemo while accompanied by a superhero. This time, the men behind the masks and suits of armor were his own cousins and uncles.
"It was hard, but I did it for him," Braden's uncle Cory admitted to WLFI about dressing up as Thor for the day. "We went to the Superman movie with him, and he was dressed up as Superman. I watched all the Iron Man movies with him."
As Braydon's mom Staci later told the New York Daily News, it was just the thing Braydon would have loved. "The whole time I saw them carrying Brayden, he was probably up there going, 'This is so cool,'" Staci Denton said. "That was his world."
The Newton County, Ind., boy endured 30 rounds of chemo before he passed away. He was originally diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, on April 20, 2013. Since passing away, his mom has donated his brain tumor for research, in the hopes to help others in the future.