Ann Arbor Boy Carries Brother To Raise Cerebral Palsy Awareness

A 14-year-old Ann Arbor boy crossed the finish line Sunday after a two day journey with his younger brother strapped to his back.

Hunter Gandee, with 50-pound Braden securely strapped to his back, battled heat, rain and fatigue.

Their journey took them from a junior high near the Toledo border to the University of Michigan campus on Sunday.

The brothers’ 40-mile trek hopes to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, which prevents Braden from walking.

When asked how special his brother is to him, Hunter responded, “I can’t put it into words. He’s awesome, always there for me, I just wanted to give back to him in some way.”

Hunter, a 155-pound wrestler, said he came up with the idea after his mother had a dream about him walking, carrying his brother on his back.