Teen carries brother on his back 111 miles for special cause

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LANSING, Mich. — A 16-year-old boy and his disabled younger brother have completed a 111-mile walk in Michigan with the teen carrying his sibling for all but the last half-mile.

Hunter Gandee’s goal was to encourage the public to embrace anyone with a disability. His brother, 9-year-old Braden, has cerebral palsy.

Surrounded by family, Braden walked the last half-mile to the Michigan Capitol with a walker Monday. Hunter says Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and others greeted them at the Capitol steps.

“It’s hard to take just one moment,” Hunter said when asked to describe a highlight to the Detroit Free Press. “A lot of memories were created. To see Braden get to the steps of the Capitol building was just amazing.”

It wasn’t their first. Hunter was 14 in 2014 when he carried Braden for 40 miles. Last year, they made a 57-mile journey.

Hunter is a sophomore at Bedford High School in Temperance.