NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (CNN/WLFI) – A 5-year-old Indiana boy recently lost his battle with cancer. His family decided his funeral would celebrate the superheroes he loved.
Brayden Denton battled a brain tumor. His mother said he fought the illness with courage, just as a superhero would. 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 Denton.
Earlier this month, Denton took Brayden to Riley Hospital for Children to stay. He died earlier this month.
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 — superheros.
“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.”
And a league of superheroes showed up. Pallbearers dressed as Brayden’s favorite superheroes, including Ironman, Hulk, Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Thor.
“It was hard, but I did it for him,” said Brayden’s uncle, Cory Denton, who dressed up as Thor. “We went to the Superman movie with him and he was dressed up as Superman. I watched all the Ironmans with him.”
The picture of the Dentons’ superhero being carried by his superhero friends has had hundreds of shares on Facebook.
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.
Staci Denton donated her son’s tumor to research. She is also working with legislators to get Indiana to recognize September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.