Hunter Gandee carried his brother Braden for 57 miles to raise awareness of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy, like many neurological disorders, is poorly understood by most of the public. It affects every muscle in the body, and can make everyday tasks incredibly difficult for sufferers. It's impossible for most people to understand what it feels like to live with CP, which frustrated 15-year-old Hunter Gandee. His 8-year-old brother Braden has it, and can't even walk without assistance. So to get a chance to feel how challenging life is for his brother, and to raise awareness for others, Hunter decided to walk with Braden on his back… for 57 miles.
The event, which they dubbed the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, wasn't a fundraiser. Hunter and his family only wanted to bring attention to cerebral palsy among the public and the medical community. Here's the description from their Facebook page:
"Our goal is to get the attention of our up and coming leaders, doctors,engineers, and entrepreneurs and show them the face of Cerebral Palsy and the need for innovative ideas in mobility aids and medical procedures… The walk demonstrates the physical and mental challenges faced everyday by those affected by Cerebral Palsy, but with support, assistance, and a good attitude, all goals are within reach."