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Michigan teen carries little brother on 40-mile trek

Braden Gandees, who has cerebral palsy, rides on the shoulders of his brother Hunter. (Chris Asadian/Ann Arbor News via Associated Press)

A Michigan teenager walked 40 miles last weekend with his younger brother strapped to his back to raise awareness of cerebral palsy.

Hunter Gandee, 14, brother Braden, 7, and other family members left their home town of Temperance on Saturday. Braden suffers from cerebral palsy, a disorder that prevents him from being able to walk without help. Hunter said carrying the 50-pound boy over two days was more of a challenge than he had realized.

“Braden’s legs — the chafing was getting pretty bad,” Hunter said. “We did have to consider stopping. It was at about the 30-mile point.”

But after a phone call to a supportive friend, the boys rested and changed how Braden was positioned, which helped them make it the final 10 miles to Ann Arbor.

For Hunter, the walk was about doing something for his brother.

“He’s always there for me,” he said. “I really just wanted to give back to him in some way.”

— Associated Press

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