June 6, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department, in collaboration with the U-M Health System, is set to host the arrival of Hunter and Braden Gandee at the conclusion of their 40-mile walk from Temperance, Mich., on Sunday (June 8) at the Bahna Wrestling Center. The brothers are scheduled to arrive at approximately 2 p.m.
Dubbed the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, 14-year-old Hunter, a wrestler at Bedford Junior High, will carry his seven-year-old brother, Braden, on his back for 40 miles from the Bedford Junior High wrestling room to Michigan's Bahna Wrestling Center. Braden has cerebral palsy and uses a walker, braces and a power chair.
The goal of the walk is to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy -- to get the attention of the up-and-coming leaders, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs and show them the face of Cerebral Palsy and the need for innovative ideas in mobility aides and medical procedures. The family is not asking for donations, but for those interested, they are directed to the University of Michigan Cerebral Palsy Research Program.
Hunter previously raised $350 for U-M's Cerebral Palsy Research Program through the sale of green wristbands at his school in March.
Launched in early May, the Cerebral Palsy Swagger has garnered considerable local and national attention with the Gandees appearing on ABC News, Fox News and NBC Nightly News as well as numerous Detroit and Toledo news outlets.
The Gandees will depart from the Bedford Junior High wrestling room at 8 a.m. on Saturday (June 7), and, with a large group of volunteers, will walk local roads and make frequent stops, including in Dundee and Milan, where they will spend the night.
Their 2 p.m. arrival at the Bahna Wrestling Center on Sunday is open to the public. The Bahna Wrestling Center is located at 2350 South State Street in Ann Arbor.
For more information about the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, including the walk route, additional media coverage and detailed sendoff and arrival information, please visit the Gandee's official blog or connect on Facebook and Twitter.