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Michigan boy carries brother 40 miles for cerebral palsy

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Brothers Hunter and Braden Gandee went on a journey.

Seven-year-old Braden was born with cerebral palsy, which affects his motor ability. His brother, Hunter, is raising awareness about his situation with what they call a "cerebral palsy swagger walk."

"Thank you guys for coming out and for your support. It means so much to us," said Braden.

The brothers set out on a 40-mile trek from the wrestling room at Bedford Junior High to the University of Michigan's wrestling center.

Hunter took every step with his 45-pound brother strapped to his back.

"I'm really proud of him this is just amazing that he has actually stepped up to do something like this," said one supporter.

"He is very determined. If Hunter says he is going to do something, he does it and there is never a doubt that he won't because that's just part of who he is," said the boys' mother, Danielle Gandee.

"It's been great we have had so many people with is and behind us and along the way," said Hunter, on the walk.   

Hunter's efforts to bring awareness to CP has grabbed national and international attention.

"Honestly, when I thought of the idea I thought it would be just me and Braden. Obviously, as you can see, it's not that," he said.

A long line of friends and supporters followed behind and lined the roads.

"Go Braden! Good job buddy!"  

"We are a little hot, a little tired," Hunter said.

But when Hunter gets tired, he says finding motivation is easy, thanks to all the support they've received.

"All the people that came to support us, and all the help that they have given us, and also all the kids out there with CP who are having trouble with everyday of their life," Hunter said.

The journey ended with the brothers crossing the finish line together and with Hunter lifting Braden even higher to help celebrate their accomplishment.
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