Thursday 23 May 2019

Teenager carries his disabled brother for 57 miles in charity walk for cerebral palsy

Hunter and his brother Braden
Hunter and his brother Braden
Hunter and his brother Braden Newsdesk Newsdesk

An American teenager has travelled 57 miles with his little brother on his back to help raise awareness for cerebral palsy.

Hunter Gandee (15), from Michigan USA, carried his little brother Braden who has cerebral palsy throughout the three day event, which was a longer distance than two marathons.

"I've seen what my brother has to do and struggle with in everyday life," Hunter told CNN.

"Walking is his biggest struggle, and we wanted to show people that.

"There are things that Braden struggles with, but there are things that we can do [to help]. It's up to my generation to change things and make the world more accessible."

The teenager and his family organised the ‘Cerebral Palsy Swagger’ and hundreds of people gathered along the route to cheer the brothers on as they passed.

"We had never planned for it to be this big," Hunter said.

"At first, I just wanted to get my friends involved."

The race began at Braden’s school in Lambertville and finished at University of Michigan Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor where the little boy will undergo surgery later this month.

The money contributed to Hunter’s GoFundMe page will go towards building a new playground at Braden’s school which will be accessible to children with disabilities.

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