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Hunter Gandee is a pretty awesome big brother. He carried his younger brother, Braden, 7 years old, 40 miles from Temperance, Michigan (his hometown) to Ann Arbor, Mich. Why? Hunter, 14, did so to raise awareness for the disease that prevented his brother from walking: cerebral palsy. It is an extreme act of selflessness and inspiration for others seeking to do good. Hunter described his brother as his best friend and as someone who is always there for him, and therefore wants to be able to help him by raising awareness. Hunter plans to go to college as an engineer, and hopes to invent some sort of suit that will allow for someone with cerebral palsy to walk without braces or a walker. Hunter called the 40 mile walk the Cerebral Palsy Swagger and prepared for it for two months prior to the walk by carrying his brother constantly as well as lifting weights.

They almost gave up 30 miles into the walk due to chafing that Braden was experiencing on his legs, but with a little motivation and a lot of heart, these brothers and their supporters made it all the way. They were greeted with applause by an extremely supportive crowd. It brings a smile to your face. These are the kinds of headlines we like to read. Sometimes, there is just so much bad in the news we forget that there can be good. There can be positive news that inspires others and makes us remember there are extremely good souls in the world. There are people who can spark change!

“I can’t even describe to you how special (Braden) is to me. I can’t put it into words. He’s awesome. He’s always there for me. I really just wanted to give back to him in some way.” -Hunter Gandee


How do you give back?

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