This Teen Carried His Younger Brother 40 Miles to Raise Cerebral Palsy Awareness

This is what brotherly love looks like.

One month ago, 14-year-old Hunter Gandee made headlines when he pledged to walk 40 miles while carrying his 7-year-old brother, Braden, who has cerebral palsy (CP). Last weekend, despite hot temperatures and rain showers, the brothers completed the two-day-long journey from Bedford Junior High School in Temperance, Mich., to the University of Michigan. Along the way, crowds lined up to cheer them on.

“It really just brings me to a loss of words. I can’t explain to you guys how much this means to us,” Hunter said before the walk, according to The Detroit Free Press. “When we’re going through struggles during this walk and things get hard, it just really helps, the support we’re getting. It’s going to push us through.”


The brothers aimed to raise CP awareness, not funds — but if people want to make donations, they encourage them to support the Cerebral Palsy Research Consortium of Michigan.

“We just want people to know about cerebral palsy,” Hunter told NBC. “There are a lot of people out there who have never heard of cerebral palsy. And then there is also a lot of people who have heard about cerebral palsy, but they’re not really sure what exactly it is. We’re just trying to inform them.”

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