5-Year-Old Boy Gets Funeral Fit for a Superhero

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A 5-year-old Indiana boy recently lost his battle with cancer and his family decided his funeral would celebrate the superheroes he loved.


Relatives dressed as superheroes stood as pallbearers to honor Brayden Denton. (Credit: Staci Denton/CNN)

Staci Denton said her son’s disease 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 for the last time.

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

When planning a funeral for her little superhero, something came to Denton’s mind.

Forget the suits and dresses, she wanted her loved ones representing what Brayden loved the most — superheroes.

“He was a huge Spider-Man fan. He had to quit just liking Spider-Man 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.

“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.