Teen Finishes 40-mile Walk While Carrying Brother

Hunter Gandee, 14, walks in Saline, Mich., on Sunday, June 8, 2014, during the second day of his two-day, 40-mile trek. Titled the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, the walk hoped to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that affects his 7-year-old brother, Braden, who was on his brother's back for the entirety of their journey from Temperance, Mich., to Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Mike Householder) / AP

Hunter Gandee, 14, walks in Saline, Mich., on Sunday, June 8, 2014, during the second day of his two-day, 40-mile trek. Titled the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, the walk hoped to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that affects his 7-year-old brother, Braden, who was on his brother’s back for the entirety of their journey from Temperance, Mich., to Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Mike Householder) / AP

A Michigan teenager who wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy by walking 40 miles with his younger brother strapped to his back battled heat, rain, fatigue and more to finish the trek.

Hunter Gandee, 14, had been planning for weeks to pull off the walk, hoping to put a face on the muscular disorder that prevents his 7-year-old sibling, Braden, from being able to walk without help. The goal of the walk, called the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, was to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and hopefully inspire new ideas for mobility aides and medical procedures. “I can’t even describe to you how special (Braden) is to me. I can’t put it into words,” the teen said. “He’s awesome. He’s always there for me. I really just wanted to give back to him in some way.”

Source: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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