Hes not heavy; hes my brother Hunter Gandee holds his brother Braden in a harness. Hunter set out on a 40-mile trek with his brother strapped to his back
Hes not heavy; hes my brother
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A 14-year-old boy set out on a 40-mile trek Saturday. On his back was his 7-year-old brother.

They hoped to let people know more about cerebral palsy. That's what keeps the younger boy from walking without help.

Hunter and Braden Gandee left from Bedford Junior High. They arrived Sunday at the University of Michigan. That is in Ann Arbor.

The walk was for the Cerebral Palsy Swagger. The goal is to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that afflicts Braden. The disorder is called cerebral palsy.

The walk has already gained quite a bit of attention.

Even students from a rival middle school, Jefferson, raised $700.

Braden, who weighs 50 pounds, typically uses a walker, braces or a power chair to get around. On Saturday morning, he was all smiles perched on his big brother's back.

Hunter, a 155-pound wrestler, said he trained by lifting weights. Braden said he has faith that Hunter would get them to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"My brother," he said, "is awesome."

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COMMENTS (4)
  • mc30police
    6/12/2014 - 12:56 p.m.

    Thats a great thing to do since he has a disease that he wants others to know about and getting the community invloved and rasing money.

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    6/19/2014 - 04:48 p.m.

    Wow,his brother is not heavy for him!? Maybe I should carry my brother at my back. Well I am thinking how heavy he is. I felt very surprised because how could a brother carry a 7-year old brother.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    7/15/2014 - 01:13 p.m.

    REBUTTAL:
    Ashley I don't think that you can do that because it is 40 miles carrying your brother. Also this article is about his brother carrying his younger brother and doing 40 mile trek, and in the article it said that he did it because he loved his brother so much he didn't care much even if it was 40 miles.

  • John0724-YYCA
    7/17/2014 - 01:47 p.m.

    REBUTTAL:
    I do not think you could carry your brother for forty miles. I don't even think you could go one mile with your brother. If you read the article you should know how much he weigh. He weighs 50 pounds. Next time read the articles more carefully.

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