Updated: May 12, 2014 at 10:31 am
TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — A 14-year-old Michigan boy plans to carry his 7-year-old brother about 40 miles over two days to heighten public awareness of cerebral palsy.
Hunter Gandee plans to walk June 7 and 8 from Bedford Junior High in the southeastern Michigan community of Temperance to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor while carrying Braden Gandee, who has cerebral palsy, The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, reported (http://bit.ly/1gdQAwc ).
"I'm excited about the walk," Braden said. To keep his brother occupied, he said: "I'll talk to him. I'll sing songs."
Because of Braden, who uses a walker and braces, his older brother has adopted awareness of cerebral palsy as a personal cause. Braden is "my inspiration," said Hunter, who also has raised $350 for cerebral palsy research at the University of Michigan.
Hunter, who weighs 150 pounds, is a wrestler and football player. He plans to carry his 50-pound brother piggyback. They live in Temperance, near the Ohio border.
The brothers are expected to be joined on the walk by supporters. Their parents, Danielle and Sam Gandee, plan to drive ahead of them. Hunter estimated the entire walking time at 13 hours, with an overnight stop in Milan before ending at the university's Bahna Wrestling Center.