Thursday 22 March 2018

Five-year old's coffin carried by superheroes

Cancer patient's coffin carried by his favorite comic book heroes

Superhero pallbearers at the five-year-old's funeral. Photo: Cory Denton
Superhero pallbearers at the five-year-old's funeral. Photo: Cory Denton
Brayden meets his hero at Universal Studios. Photo: Cory Denton

A five year old who lost his battle with a rare form of brain cancer was carried in his coffin by six of his favourite comic book superheroes.

Spiderman, Superman, Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man and Batman carried Brayden Denton's tiny white coffin to his final resting place.

Denton, from Indiana,  was diagnosed DIPG, "an aggressive form" of cancer in April last year. He endured thirty rounds of radiation therapy in a bid to stall the disease but passed away just over one year later, on May 8th.

His mother told the Daily News that the superhero pallbearers were "what he would have wanted"... "Brayden was probably up there going, 'This is so cool'."

Spiderman was Brayden's favourite superhero, leading the other comic book characters in carrying the coffin. The five-year-old had asked for Spiderman cakes for his third and fourth birthdays and even met Spiderman thanks to the 'Make-A-Wish' foundation, who brought the superfan to Universal Studios.

Brayden was so weak earlier this year that he could only watch the beginning and the end of the new Spiderman film. His mother said that making sure Brayden would see the film was "one of our battles".

It was his mother's idea to dress the pallbearers as superheroes, and she wore a Spiderman t-shirt to the funeral.

DPIG is terminal for 100% of patients.

Brayden's uncle explains why the family are trying to raise awareness of this form of cancer. "This cancer does not have a survival rate... Even leukemia is survivable. This one is not."


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