5-Year-Old Cancer Patient Who Lost His Battle With A Brain Tumor Is Given A Superhero Funeral

Brayden Denton’s pallbearers were the heroes he loved.

1. Brayden Denton, a 5-year-old from Newton County, Ind., died of a brain tumor earlier this month.

Cory Denton

His mother Staci did away with traditional funeral attire. Instead, his coffin was carried by mourners dressed as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Thor, The Hulk, and Iron Man.

2. Brayden had been fighting brain cancer since he was diagnosed on April 20, 2013.


His mother told WLFI that her son “always had some superhero with him” during treatment.

“I felt like I was honoring him in a way that if he was looking down on us he would be happy,” she said.

3. Brayden’s favorite superhero was Spider-Man.

Cory Denton

Brayden’s uncle Cory, who was dressed as Thor at the funeral, said that Brayden would be with him every time he watched a superhero movie: “He’s always here with me, and I’ll always watch them with him because he is always with me.”

4. The picture has had hundreds of shares on Facebook. Staci has donated her son’s tumor to medical research.

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The family is trying raise awareness for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, which is terminal for 100 percent of the patients.

“This cancer does not have a survival rate,” Cory said. “Even leukemia is survivable. This one is not.”

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