A 14-year-old Michigan boy plans to carry his little brother on his back for 40 miles to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.
Hunter Gandee, 14, will set out from his middle school in Bedford, Michigan and walk 40 miles to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor this weekend. He will be carrying his 7-year-old brother Braden, who suffers from cerebral palsy, on his back.
Hunter hopes to raise hundreds of dollars for cerebral palsy research at the University of Michigan. He says his brother is an inspiration to him.
Earlier this year, Hunter sold green “CP” bracelets during lunch at school, raising $350 for Cerebral Palsy Awareness month.
He says he came up with the idea for the 40-mile trek after his mother told him about a dream she had.
"One night my mother had a dream of me carrying Braden from our house to Mackinac," Hunter told MLive. "She shared the story with me, and we liked generally the idea of it."
Hunter, who wrestles at Bedford Junior High, says he has gotten his fair share of support from Braden as well.
"Braden was in all our photos when we won tournaments," Hunter said. "He just loves it, and the team loves him."
"We have such an amazing community," the boys’ mother Danielle Gandee said. "Braden is everyone's little brother. He is so social all over the community that he's kind of grown up with everyone."