Kaylee Heck, a digital production intern and writer at ABC’s Good Morning America, tells the touching journey of Hunter Gandee’s mission to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy by carrying his 8-year-old brother, Braden, for a 57 mile benefit walk. ABC’s Good Morning America provides the latest news and headlines from across nation.

Michigan Teen Carries His Brother for 57 Miles on His Back for Cerebral Palsy Awareness

bringing awareness to cerebral palsy

By Kaylee Heck | Good Morning America | 6/8/15

Fifty-seven miles would be tough to walk, and even tougher with your brother on your back.

Hunter Gandee, 15, is sore and tired after carrying his 8-year-old brother, Braden, for 57 miles in Michigan to raise awareness for cerebral palsy, he told ABC News today.

Hunter’s trek began Friday and he finally crossed the finish line Sunday afternoon. He began walking from Braden’s elementary school in Lambertville, Michigan, and ended 57-miles later at the University of Michigan’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor.

“I wanted to show people the struggles that Braden has to go through daily. I wanted to go out and show people we can make the world a better place for people with cerebral palsy,” he said.


Bringing Awareness to Cerebral Palsy

Hunter Gandee, a 15-year-old from Michigan, is used to carrying his younger brother Braden around. Braden has Cerebral Palsy and his brother finds it easier to carry him into places like the grocery store because it is more convenient than Braden’s walker. So it wasn’t far off from reality when Hunter made it his mission to carry his brother during the Michigan benefit walk, Cerebral Palsy Swagger, as a way to raise awareness about the physical and mental challenges his brother and others living with the congenital disorder face every day. Hunter also helped raise $130,000 to make the playground at his brother’s elementary school accessible to Braden’s walker.

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