Touching: Superheroes Serve as Pallbearers For 5 Year Old Victim of Cancer [VIDEO]
No child should have their young life snatched away from them due to the scourge of cancer.
Unfortunately there is no cure for some childhood cancers – like the one that claimed the life of 5 year old Brayden Denton of Indiana.
And this story will touch your heart – as it was his wish to always be a superhero.
So in death, his mom planned a funeral for him with all his favorite superheroes as pallbearers.
Spider-Man, Thor, the Hulk, Superman, Iron Man and Batman served as pallbearers for Brayden Denton's funeral last week in Indiana.
The six pallbearers for Brayden Denton's funeral last week in Kentland 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.
For his third and fourth birthdays, he got a Spidey cake. For his 5th birthday three months ago, the family celebrated with a massive superhero cake.
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."
This is one reason why it is so important to give to causes like the Children's Miracle Network or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
In the hope that one day cancers like the one that claimed the life of Brayden will be a thing of the past.