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Braden Gandee is a 7 year old boy who has trouble walking on his own, but his older brother is there to carry him --- and to fight for his future. Hunter Gandee who is 14 years old, actually carries his younger brother Braden who has cerebral palsy. Braden usually walks with the assistance of a walker. If you are not familiar with cerebral palsy, it is a neurological disorder that affects body movements and muscle coordination.
In their hometown, Hunter took it upon himself to educate the people about Braden's condition. On June 7th and 8th, he will carry his brother 40 miles to demonstrate "the physical and mental challenges faced everyday by those affected by cerebral palsy" reported The Huffington Post.
The walk will be difficult, but Hunter and Braden will have their parents drive along the route with them for support. Hunter, who is a wrestler for his high school is fairly strong and has had plenty of practice over the years carrying his brother. "I wrestle, I know what it is to work hard, but it's nowhere near how hard he has to work everyday" Hunter told The Huffington Post about his brother.
Hunter is not just doing the walk for his brother, but to help raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Research Fund. By doing this, Hunter hopes to improve the quality of life for everyone with cerebral palsy.
This story is very touching on so many levels. The attorneys here at Donahoe Kearney, LLP help families whose children are living with cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice. If you believe your child's cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice, reach out to us and let us help you get the answers you need.
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