Teen completes 57-mile walk carrying brother on back

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Michigan Teen Carries His Brother On Back For 57 Miles

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan teen who last year walked 40 miles carrying his brother on his back to raise awareness for cerebral palsy has wrapped up an even longer trek with his sibling.

Hunter Gandee finished his 57-mile journey Sunday afternoon at the University of Michigan's Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor after starting from Lambertville in southeastern Michigan's Monroe County. His brother was in a harness.

Hunter was 14 last June when he carried then-7-year-old Braden, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk unassisted.

Hunter told The Associated Press by phone Sunday that he was "pretty sore" near the finish but "got a burst of energy at the end." He said they received great support throughout the weekend.

"It went great — we walked into a big crowd of people," Hunter said. "It was great to have everyone there. ... (Braden) was excited — not only that we were done finally, but everyone was there cheering him on."

The list of supporters included members of Hunter's wrestling and football teams, some of whom dumped a bucket of ice water on him at the end. Also in attendance was world silver medalist wrestler Jake Herbert.

This year's "Cerebral Palsy Swagger" started Friday at CP Swagger Shipyard, a playground they raised money for at Braden's Lambertville elementary school.

The family said the walk wasn't intended to be a fundraiser; rather it an awareness project. Hunter said they "absolutely" achieved that aim.

"We were able to reach more people," he said. "That's what our goal was."

Learn more here, and check out the GoFundMe page.

SEE: Photos from the Gandees' 40-mile walk in 2014

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Teen completes 57 mile walk with brother (these are photos from 2014's walk)
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Teen completes 57-mile walk carrying brother on back
Hunter Gandee, 14, waits to cross an intersection in Saline, Mich. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, during the second day of his two-day, 40-mile “Cerebral Palsy Swagger” walk to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that affects his 7-year-old brother, Braden, who was on his brother’s back for the entirety of their journey from Temperance, Michigan, to Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
Hunter Gandee, 14, walks in Saline, Mich., on Sunday, June 8, 2014, during the second day of his two-day, 40-mile “Cerebral Palsy Swagger” walk to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that affects his 7-year-old brother, Braden, who was on his brother’s back for the entirety of their journey from Temperance, Mich., to Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
Braden Gandee, 7, sits on the lap of his mother, Danielle Gandee, while his brother, Hunter Gandee, gives a thumbs-up sign in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, June 8, 2014. The Gandee brothers completed a 40-mile walk from their hometown of Temperance, Michigan, to Ann Arbor. Hunter did the walk with Braden on his back. Called the “Cerebral Palsy Swagger,” it was designed to raise awareness about the muscle disorder that affects Braden. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
Braden Gandee, 7, held by his brother Hunter stands between Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke and team mascot Paws after towing out the ceremonial first pitch before an interleague baseball game between the Tigers and the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Detroit. The brothers raised national awareness for cerebral palsy, a movement disorder that Braden was born with by successfully walking 40 miles over two days with Braden strapped to Hunter's back, (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Braden Gandee, 7, held by his brother Hunter is seen after tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before an interleague baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Detroit. The brothers raised national awareness for cerebral palsy, a disorder that Braden was born with by successfully walking 40 miles over two days with Braden strapped to Hunter's back. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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