Running 40 Miles Wasn’t Enough; Teen Helps Build A Playground For Special Needs Children

January 8, 2016

You may remember hearing a story from not too long ago about a Michigan teenager named Hunter Gandee and his brother Braden. In a campaign to raise awareness for cerebral palsy, Hunter walked 40 miles from Temperance, Michigan to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor…holding Braden on his back the entire time.

Well Hunter is in the spotlight once again. But this time, it’s for something he helped build in his own hometown.

Hunter’s 9-year-old brother Braden suffers from cerebral palsy, which limits the amount of physical activity he can do. So enjoying something most of us take for granted, like playing with friends at the local playground, has not been an option for Braden.

That is until Hunter stepped up to the plate…again.

After their 40-mile walk, the brothers received worldwide attention across news stations and social media. Support and donations started pouring in, and one group came forward with an offer they couldn’t refuse: a playground specifically designed for special needs children.

All that was needed were funds to cover the basic costs for construction.

So Hunter took the reins, reaching out to his community for help. Not too longer after, he was able to raise enough funds to start construction on the playground.

And just last month, it opened to the public for the first time.

Now young Braden can join his friends at the playground – swinging, sliding, and even walking. And his brother Hunter can rest well at night, knowing he played a role in helping change someone’s life, again.

When asked how it makes him to see the results of his campaign and to watch so many people come together for a cause, Hunter’s response says it all: “amazing.”

Watch their full story from the NBC news video below: