Walking 57 miles is a tall task for anyone, but even more so when carrying your little brother on your back. While that feat seems daunting, it's exactly what 15-year-old Hunter Gandee did with his 8-year-old brother Braden this past weekend.
The brothers are doing the walk to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy, a brain disorder Braden has that affects muscle coordination, and is part of a project their mom aptly named Cerebral Palsy Swagger.
This isn't the first time the boys have done something like this: Last summer, they competed a similar walk that was 40 miles long.
This year's journey started this past Friday at Braden's elementary school in Lambertville, Michigan, and ended Sunday at University of Michigan’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor.
Hunter was equipped with three different harnesses to help him carry his brother over the course of the trek.
Stops were also scheduled every three miles to keep Hunter hydrated, and so physical therapists could stretch him out and ensure he was fit to continue.
The brothers had a group of supporters traveling with them, and were never alone throughout the journey. “If it weren’t for everyone cheering and walking with us, I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Hunter told ABC News.
The project has been a success so far, with the two raising $130,000 since last summer, which went towards building a new playground at Braden's school with ramps to make it accessible for him.
Hunter said he was both relieved and thankful when he reached the end of his epic walk. "The recognition shows that people see what we're doing and they're believing in us," he said.
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