HEARTWARMING: Five-year-old boy dies of cancer, gets funeral fit for a SUPERHERO!

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(CNN) — A five-year-old Indiana boy recently lost his battle with cancer — and his family decided his funeral would celebrate the superheroes he loved.

In September, CNN affiliate News 18 in Lafayette, Indiana introduced then four-year-old Brayden Denton and his mother, Staci.

Brayden Denton

Brayden Denton

At the time, Brayden was in the middle of his battle with a brain tumor.

Staci Denton 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,” Staci Denton said.

Earlier this month, Staci Denton took Brayden to Riley Hospital for Children — to stay.

Then, on May 8th…

“Basically, he stopped breathing,” Staci 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 — 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,” Staci Denton said.

A league of superheroes showed up for Brayden’s funeral.

Pallbearers dressed as Brayden’s favorite superheroes.

Brayden’s uncle dressed as Thor.

“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 ironmans with him,” Cory Denton said.

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…

“That’s what Brayden would’ve wanted,” Staci Denton said.

Cory Denton 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,” Cory Denton said.

Staci Denton donated her son’s tumor to research.

She is also workign with Senator Ron Alting to get Indiana to recognize September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

CLICK HERE to read Brayden Denton’s obituary via Legacy.com.


  • John

    Keep watch over your loved ones like any superhero would, Brayden. They will be safe wrapped in your cape.

  • Angie

    Aww your comment alone made my cry,John.
    I think that is Awesome what they did for him.May you Rest In Paradise Babyboy <3

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