Cerebral Palsy Blog

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Teenager on a Mission to Raise Awareness about Cerebral Palsy

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A 14-year-old Michigan teenager has embarked on an ambitious plan for cerebral palsy awareness. He plans to walk 40 miles, carrying his seven-year-old brother, who suffers from cerebral palsy, on his back.

According to 14-year-old Hunter Gandee, he has been carrying his brother Braden for as long as he can remember. Braden’s condition makes it difficult for him to walk, and leaves him with limited mobility, so his older brother simply hoists him on his back, and carries him around. According to Hunter, he has been carrying Braden for as long as he can remember, carrying his brother to the grocery store, to beaches and treks.

Now, Hunter wants to raise more awareness about cerebral palsy, especially spotlighting the daily challenges that his brother and other cerebral palsy patients like him face. Braden finds it difficult to walk, and also struggles with speaking. He currently walks using a walker, but it doesn't help him walk on a beach or a school playground.

The two brothers have teamed up to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, and have taken their campaign to Facebook and Twitter. They will also be sharing their experiences on their blog. The walk is expected to kick off on June 7 with their parents driving a little ahead of them. Other volunteers will be accompanying the boys. The point of the campaign is not to raise donations although these are welcome. However, the boys want more people to learn about the challenges facing persons with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a condition that is typically seen in early infancy or early childhood. The severity of cerebral palsy may differ from person to person, but persons who suffer from this condition often suffer from impaired body movement, and poor muscle coordination that leaves them struggling to perform basic activities like walking.