When it comes to siblings, we've always got each other's backs. For 15-year-old Hunter Gandee, he took this sentiment literally -- and used it to send a powerful message about his brother's battle with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic disease that effects muscle function. For people like Hunter's 8-year-old brother, Braden, moving can be an everyday struggle. It inspired Hunter to create a 57-mile walk called "The Cerebral Palsy Swagger," in order to educate people on the hardships people like Braden face.
"I’ve seen what my brother has to do and struggle with in everyday life," Hunter told Fox 8 News. "Walking is his biggest struggle, and we wanted to show people that."
Over the course of three days, Hunter carried his 60-pound brother from the Douglas Road Elementary School in Lambertville, Michigan, all the way to the University of Michigan Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor -- there, Braden is set to have surgery on June 26.
The journey was paved with supporters and the finish line was filled with much-deserved celebration.
Fox 8 notes that "while the walk was not a fundraiser, Hunter started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a playground at Braden’s school that will be accessible to children with disabilities."
"I think it’s up to my generation to change things and make the world more accessible," Hunter said. He also took to Twitter to reflect on the experience:
And now, if you'll excuse me, I need another tissue.