This is sad, but still bittersweet. A five-year-old boy who died after suffering from terminal cancer got a superhero sendoff at his funeral.
Pallbearers Dress Up As Superheroes For Funeral For 5-Year-Old
The six pallbearers for Brayden Denton’s funeral last week in Kentland, Indiana dressed as Spider-Man, Thor, the Hulk, Superman, Iron Man and Batman.
“The whole time I saw them carrying Brayden he was probably up there going, ‘This is so cool,'” mom Staci Denton told the Daily News on Monday. “That was his world. That’s what he would have wanted.
“Brayden had been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer known as DIPG since April of last year. He endured 30 rounds of radiation treatment, his mother said.
Throughout the ordeal, young Brayden maintained his love for superheroes — especially Spider-Man.
And with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Brayden got a chance to meet the web-slinger at Universal Studios during a trip to Florida last year.
“At first he was scared of the characters at Disney World,” his mother said.
Even though he was very weak, Brayden went to the new “Spider-Man” movie this spring. While he was only able to see the beginning and the end, he gave his mother a thumbs up for the movie.
“That was one of our battles that we wanted to make sure he got to see that movie,” his mom said.
It was Denton who thought of the “super” idea for the funeral after Brayden passed away May 8.
“He could care less about people being in a suits, ties and dresses,” said his mom, who wore a Spidey T-shirt to the service. “He was a 5-year-old boy. That’s not what he thought was neat. He loved looking at superhero T-shirts.”
“I really liked the idea,” said Brayden’s 28-year-old uncle Cory, who was Thor at the funeral. “At first I wasn’t sure if I could be a pallbearer because I was really close to him.”
The family is trying raise awareness for DIPG, 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.”
So sad, but we like that his mom envisioned him looking down at how cool the funeral was. It’s so hard losing a child, our prayers go out to her and her family.
Photo Credit: Cory Denton