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Michigan boy carries brother 40-miles in honor of cerebral palsy

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It's the journey of a lifetime for brothers, Hunter and Braden Gandee.

Seven-year-old Braden was born with cerebral palsy, which affects his motor ability. 

His big brother, Hunter, is raising awareness about his cerebral palsy in a unique way.  They call it the Cerebral Palsy Swagger Walk.   

They are setting out on a 40-mile trek from the wrestling room at Bedford Junior High to the University of Michigan's wrestling center.  Hunter is taking every step with his 54-pound brother strapped to his back.

Sister, Kerragan Gandee says, "I'm really proud of him this is just amazing that he has actually stepped up to do something like this."

Mom, Danielle Gandee says, "He is very determined. If Hunter says he is going to do something, he does it and there is never a doubt that he won't because that's just part of who he is."

Hunter says it has been great and they have had so many people supporting them along the way.

Hunters efforts to bring awareness to cerebral palsy has grabbed national and international attention.

A long line of friends and supporters followed behind and lined the roads.  Supporters cheered on Hunter and Braden.
 
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."

Their mom says, "We knew from the beginning once he said he was doing it, he was doing it and I know he we cross the line tomorrow with Braden on his back."

And for those with cerebral palsy that Hunter can't carry on his back, he carries in his heart.

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