TEMPERANCE -- A Temperance teen begins a 40-mile walk Saturday, carrying his brother to raise awareness for Cerebral palsy.It's something taken for granted every day -- walking. 7-year-old Braden Gandee has cerebral palsy and requires the use of a walker, so his 14-year-old brother Hunter, plans on walking for him."When this first started, I just wanted to inform the community and other people in Bedford, but really it's grown to more than I could have ever dreamed," Hunter Gandee said.Hunter will carry Braden from Bedford Jr. High to the University of Michigan. It's a 40-mile trip that will start Saturday and end Sunday."The attention has gotten a little crazy, but honestly that's our goal. We just want to raise awareness and the attention," Hunter said. "This one specific thing is getting attention, but this is how it is all the time, so it's kind of hard to believe."The mother of two boys, Danielle Gandee, said she's proud of her son. When Hunter told her that he wanted to carry his brother, she wasn't surprised.
"It's nice to see that they're inspiring people that they have such a positive impact on people around them--but again these are just my kids. I'm like, 'They're like this all the time,'" Danielle said. "I'm proud of them and no matter what they're always going to have each other."Hunter said it's Braden that helps lead him in life.
"Honestly, I can't even explain how much I love Braden. He's helped me through so much in life. He's inspired me and helped me when I've had tough times," Hunter said.Braden may be Hunter's inspiration, but his goals are to help everyone with Cerebral palsy, and that is the entire community showing their support.
"When I do think about, it seems like a lot, but we've had so much to do that I haven't had the chance to stopped and thought about it for long," Braden said.
It's the reason why Hunter said he won't stop. He'll continue walking for Braden.