Community rallies around ‘superhero’ Ohio boy with cancer

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (WCMH) — In his hometown of Reynoldsburg, everyone knows Braxton Long.

In nearby Pataskala, he’s even a member of law enforcement.

“It helps me feel safer,” Braxton says.

It’s quite a resume for an 8-year-old: Celebrity, police officer, and superhero.

He was diagnosed in Oct. 2014, and his mom Brittany says the family came up with the idea of calling him “SuperBraxton.”

The diagnosis showed he had brain cancer. Last month, an MRI revealed the disease had spread. On January 4, Braxton was placed in hospice. He’s responded to the situation the way any true superhero would.

The community has stepped up to keep Braxton busy, along with his parents and two sisters. The latest example–“Hero Night” at the Reynoldsburg Chic-Fil-A, which is going on until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Long family, plus it’s a chance for other superheroes to meet the famous Super Braxton.

“We just focus every day on making as many memories as we can,” Brittany said. “Having as much fun as we can and making the most out of each day.”

If you can’t make it to Superhero Night, click here to donate to Braxton’s GoFundMe. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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