We were touched by a recent story in the New York Daily News about Brayden Denton, a brave 5-year-old boy who received a superhero’s funeral after passing away from brain cancer.
“He was probably up there going, ‘This is so cool,’” his mother Staci Denton said. “That was his world; that’s what he would have wanted.” The pallbearers at Brayden’s funeral even dressed as Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man, Thor and The Incredible Hulk to honor their little hero.
“I really liked the idea of a superhero’s funeral,” said Brayden’s uncle Cory, who was Thor at his funeral. “At first, I wasn’t sure if I could be a pallbearer because I was really close to him.”
Young Brayden had an aggressive form of brain cancer known as DIPG and underwent thirty rounds of radiation treatments before he passed. Throughout his illness, he maintained his love for superheroes, especially Spider-Man.
“He didn’t care about people being in suits and dresses,” said his mom, who wore a Spider-Man shirt to his funeral. “He was a 5-year-old boy; that’s not what he thought was neat, he loved looking at superhero shirts.”
With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Brayden was able to meet Spider-Man at Universal Studios in Florida before he passed away. Though he was very sick, he even got to see a sneak-peek of the new Spider-Man movie last spring, which he gave a thumbs-up. “We wanted to make sure he got to see that movie,” his mom said.
Brayden’s family is hoping their son’s story will help raise awareness for DIPG, which is a terminal disease that currently has no cure. “This cancer does not have a survival rate,” Cory said. “Even leukemia is survivable. This one is not.”
Read the story here.