Boy gets superhero funeral after cancer death

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – In September, WLFI introduced you to then four-year-old Brayden Denton and his mother Staci Denton. At the time, Brayden was in the middle of his battle with a brain tumor.

Denton said it was a battle fit for a superhero. As the months went on, Brayden got worse.

“He stopped completely walking,” Denton said. “We got through that hurdle. Then, he started not being able to eat or drink.”

Earlier this month, Denton took Brayden to Riley Hospital for Children to stay. On May 8, Brayden passed away.

“Basically, he stopped breathing,” Denton said.

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.

“He was a huge Spiderman fan,” Denton said. “He had to quit just liking Spiderman because he had all the toys. So really, he liked every superhero.”

A league of superheroes showed up to Brayden’s funeral. Pallbearers dressed as Brayden’s favorite superheroes. Brayden’s uncle, Cory Denton, dressed as Thor.

“It was hard, but I did it for him,” Cory said. “We went to the Superman movie with him and he was dressed up as Superman. I watched all the Ironman [movies] with him.”

A 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 Denton said that’s what Brayden would have wanted.

Cory said 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 [superhero movies] with him because he is always with me,” Cory said.

Denton donated her son’s tumor to research. She is also working with Senator Ron Alting to get Indiana to recognize September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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