Teenager carries brother on his back 40 miles to raise awareness about cerebral palsy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A teenager showed his brotherly love in a very big way. He walked 40 miles this weekend to raise awareness for cerebral palsy and he did it with his little brother on his back.

Braden Gandee, 7, was born with cerebral palsy, which affects his motor ability. His big brother, Hunter, raised awareness for it by doing what they called the cerebral palsy swagger walk.

They set out on a 40-mile trek from the wrestling room at Bedford Junior High School to the University of Michigan’s wrestling center in Ann Arbor with Hunter taking every step with his 45-pound brother strapped to his back.

Hunter’s efforts to bring awareness to cerebral palsy has grabbed national and international attention.

“Honestly, when I thought of the idea I thought it would be just me and Braden,” Hunter said. “Obviously, as you can see, it’s not that.”

A long line of friends and supporters followed behind and lined the roads. But when Hunter gets tired, he says finding motivation is easy.

“All the people that came to support us, and all the help that they have given us, and also all the kids out there with CP who are having trouble with everyday of their life,” he said.