8th-Grader Carries Brother 40 Miles for Cerebral Palsy
Mom: 'I knew he'd do it'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 9, 2014 12:18 PM CDT
Hunter Gandee, 14, walks in Saline, Mich., on Sunday, June 8, 2014, during the second day of his two-day, 40-mile “Cerebral Palsy Swagger."   (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

(Newser) – Hunter Gandee pulled it off: He marched for 40 miles carrying his brother on his back, all in an effort to raise awareness of cerebral palsy. The walk took Hunter, 14, and younger bro Braden, 7, from a junior high school in Temperance, Mich., to the University of Michigan’s Bahna Wrestling Center. Along with their family, friends, and neighbors, they walked 25 miles on Saturday and 15 on Sunday, mlive.com reports.

"I knew he'd do it, and I had faith in him the entire time," says Hunter's mother, Danielle, whose dream one night reportedly inspired the walk. At the end of the trip, they found a "huge group of people just waiting for us," says his sister. The family posted updates along the walk on Facebook.

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Lou Bernardo
Jun 10, 2014 9:46 AM CDT
And what did it REALLY accomplish?
Jun 9, 2014 1:42 PM CDT
"40 miles, lets go" -- 500 feet later -- "Alright my back hurts get off"
Jun 9, 2014 12:47 PM CDT
Very inspiring. Just like baldpirate just said... The road is long With many a winding turns That leads us to who knows where Who knows where But I'm strong Strong enough to carry him He ain't heavy, he's my brother So on we go His welfare is of my concern No burden is he to bear We'll get there For I know He would not encumber me He ain't heavy, he's my brother If I'm laden at all I'm laden with sadness That everyone's heart Isn't filled with the gladness Of love for one another It's a long, long road From which there is no return While we're on the way to there Why not share And the load Doesn't weigh me down at all He ain't heavy he's my brother