Gandee brothers embark on 111-mile journey to Lansing

Brothers Hunter and Braden Gandee of Bedford are joined by friends and family on their 'CP Swagger' walk. (Jim Nelson/WNWO).

A Michigan teenager began a more than 100-mile walk with his younger brother strapped to his back Wednesday to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.

It started with a festive celebration at Bedford High SChool.

"This is a long walk. It's something that I would not be able to accomplish without my friend who are walking with me," said Hunter Gandee, a sophomore at Bedford. "I'm extremely thankful for the guys that are here with me right now. To be honest, I didn't think I'd have this many guys with me at this point."

Gandee has gained national attention for his "CP Swagger" walks. He straps younger brother Braden, who has Cerebral Palsy, to his back before embarking on a trek across the state.

"We never thought the national attention would come," Hunter says. "It kind of came to us as a surprise but at the same time, we were extremely thankful because awareness is our goal and all the attention we're getting is going straight toward awareness and straight toward our cause."

"I think it's pretty cool that we have this many people supporting us," said Braden, who now weighs about 70 pounds. That's the primary reason, according to Hunter, that this is the final journey.

They're going out in style.

Wednesday was day one of a six-day, 111-mile trip to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. The Gandees expect to arrive on Monday.

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