Michigan teen completes 57-mile walk carrying brother on back

A Michigan teen who last year walked 40 miles carrying his brother on his back to raise awareness for cerebral palsy has wrapped up an even longer trek with his sibling.
A Michigan teen who last year walked 40 miles carrying his brother on his back to raise awareness for cerebral palsy has wrapped up an even longer trek with his sibling.

Braden Gandee was born with cerebral palsy, an injury of the brain that affects muscle movement. But, thanks to his older brother, he'll never be left behind.

This past weekend, you could find Braden riding piggy back on his brother, Hunter. It was that was for 57 miles from Temperance, Mich. to Ann Arbor. They were all smiles at the end of the three-day walk, but make no mistake - carrying your 60 pound brother on your back isn't easy.

"I can't even explain how my legs are right now. Only time I've felt anything near this was a year ago when I carried [Braden] 40 miles," Hunter says. Although, he knows the pain he's experiencing is just temporary. Braden has to endure CP each moment of every day.  

At 14 years old, Hunter is an outspoken advocate for CP.

"What we're just trying to do is raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy, raise awareness for a condition that my brother has to suffer and go through each day," says Hunter.

Hunter and Braden crossed the finish line at the Pediatric Rehab Center on the campus of the University of Michigan.

As for what's in store for next year, mom says plans are still up in the air.



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