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Teen Carries Brother 57 Miles to Raise Cerebral Palsy Awareness

The Short of It

Michigan teen Hunter Gandee completed a three-day, 57-mile walk across the state—while carrying his little brother Braden on his back—as part of a campaign to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.

The Lowdown

On Friday, Hunter began his journey in Lambertville, Mich., near the Ohio border, with Braden, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, on his back. Although they intended to raise awareness about the debilitating condition, they also rallied support to raise $200,000 to build a handicap accessible playground at Braden's school to make it easier for disabled kids to enjoy recess.

Friends and family joined in for the final leg of the hike. The group and Hunter and Braden reached the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at about 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Gandee family has taken part in similar long-distance walks in the past. Last year, the brothers walked to Ann Arbor from their home in Temperance, Mich., and mom Danielle said in a message to Reuters: "Extremely proud of them as well as their sister Kerragan and little brother Kellen and even more so of their group of friends who have walked this entire journey to show support. Love these kids!"

The Upshot

What an amazing teen and family! Raising awareness for a condition that affects his family so personally is admirable, and I'm sure Braden and other disabled children at his school will love the new playground. For more information about Cerebral Palsy and what you can do to help, visit United Cerebral Palsy.

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