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‘He ain’t heavy’: Teen carries brother with cerebral palsy on his back for 40 miles

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MICHIGAN – A 14-year-old boy in Michigan is carrying his brother on his back for 40 miles, in effort to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.

7-year-old  Braden Gandee had a big smile on his face as he and his brother Hunter left their hometown of Temperance Saturday.

They, and some other supporters are walking to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor – which is 40 miles away.

Normally Braden uses a walker, braces or a chair to get around, but this weekend he is more than happy to be holding on to his big brother’s back.

Hunter says he never expected his journey to get so much attention, and that he and Branden have a very special bond.

“When this first started I really just expected to inform the community and other people in Bedford. But really it’s grown far, far beyond what I ever could have dreamed,” said Hunter.

“Honestly I can’t even explain how much I love Braden he really has helped me so much in life. He’s inspired me. He’s helped me through, when I’m having tough times. He’s really always there for me. I really just can’t explain it in words,” Hunter added.