The two brothers, 16-year-old Hunter Gande and his younger brother Braden, traveled a distance of 178 kilometers last week from their hometown of Temperance to the steps of the Michigan State Capitol. Throughout the journey, Hunter carried his brother with cerebral palsy on his back.
This is the second year the brothers have participated in an annual festival called Cerebral Palsy Swagger, which aims to raise maximum awareness about cerebral palsy. The first time, the boys traveled a 64-kilometer route.
This year’s tour took place over five days – the brothers set off on April 20 and completed their mission on the 25th.
The brothers passed through many towns in their home state, stopping every 3-4 kilometers to rest and catch their breath. On the evening of April 25th, they stepped onto the first step of the Michigan State Capitol building.
The 5 days the brothers spent together were truly precious to them.
This event was a final opportunity for Hunter to spend time with his younger brother, as he would be leaving for college in the following autumn.