Teen plans to carry brother 40 miles to increase cerebral palsy awareness

Hunter and Ben Gandee. (The Cerebral Palsy Swagger/Facebook)

A Michigan teenager plans to carry his 7-year-old brother 40 miles to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.

Fourteen-year-old Hunter Gandee wrestles for his 8th grade team. His younger brother, Ben, is his biggest fan.

Ben was born with cerebral palsy, which affects his motor skills.

Next month, Hunter will carry 54-pound Ben on his back from his school wrestling room to the University of Michigan. It's a 40-mile trek over two days.

Hunter says the walk is nothing compared to the challenges his brother faces every day. He told ABC News that he is "very protective" of his little brother, and that, "if he has any problems, I'm right there by his side."

Braden told ABC News he was "very, very excited" for the walk.

Through "Cerebral Palsy Swagger," the Gandee family hopes research and technology will follow so new equipment to aid Braden and others with cerebral palsy will help them rather than hold them back.
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