Cerebral Palsy Swagger: https://www.facebook.com/cerebralpalsyswagger
It doesn’t happen that often that a Twitter hashtag about health blows up into a national news story, and even less often that this will happen with an event hinged around the University of Michigan! Many thanks to my colleague Anna Schnitzer for bringing this to my attention, and please excuse us if this post is a little more “feel good” than usual. The story is about two brothers, Hunter and Braden Gandee, who went on a journey last weekend to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. 7-yr-old Braden was carried by his 14-yr-old brother, Hunter, for 40 miles, from the Michigan-Ohio border to the University of Michigan Bahna Wrestling Center in Ann Arbor. The news loved it, beginning with local stories (M-Go Blue, and MLive), then taking off across the US, from the Detroit Free Press to Fox News, NBC News, People Magazine, the Today Show, and even ESPN and Canada! And here comes the buzz from Twitter (mostly pictures, with reactions from real people around the country).
— Alexis Graham (@AlexissGrahamm) June 7, 2014
Good luck to Hunter & Braden Gandee, who have started their 40-mile trek to Bahna! Our Chris Heald is joining them. pic.twitter.com/mNPZxS1weh
— Michigan Wrestling (@umichwrestling) June 7, 2014
A 14-year-old wrestler has trained for weeks to carry his brother 40 miles to raise awareness for cerebral palsy: http://t.co/MmOWmizJlT
— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2014
— A2 Journal (@A2Journal) June 9, 2014
— Kate Snow (@tvkatesnow) June 9, 2014
— Alexis Graham (@AlexissGrahamm) June 3, 2014
— Benjamin Hannigan (@benji822) June 8, 2014
— AthLife Inc (@AthLifeInc) June 9, 2014
— AnneMarie Becerril (@AnneMarieBecerr) June 8, 2014
Talk about brotherly love! Teen carries his brother 40 miles to raise awareness about cerebral palsy: http://t.co/Fvd98lnnnv
— Boston Health News (@BeWellBoston) June 9, 2014
— Ryan Haddad (@RyanJHaddad) June 9, 2014
— Gulf News (@gulf_news) June 9, 2014
— KVUE News (@KVUE) June 9, 2014
@HunterGandee hunter, loved the story. I have a son with CP. You're a remarkable brother, and an inspiration to many. Keep it up.
— Bryan Hutchinson (@HutchinJax) June 9, 2014
@HutchinJax it's for your son too!
— Hunter Gandee (@HunterGandee) June 10, 2014
@HunterGandee Hey. On behalf of all of us with CP, thank you. You're a credit to humanity; yourself and your brother; pass this on to him.
— Trevor Burcham (@purofan6155) June 9, 2014
@purofan6155 for all of you guys too!
— Hunter Gandee (@HunterGandee) June 9, 2014
God bless the young Michigan fan Who walked 40 miles with his little brother on his back. #CerebralPalsySwagger. Go Irish!
— Fallon Smith (@irishfallon79) June 9, 2014
— Tamara (@Tamara928) June 9, 2014
— Michael Armitage (@marmitage911) June 8, 2014
— Abby Rooks (@Abeliz16) June 10, 2014
— Jess Maier (@jannabelle1980) June 10, 2014
— Joe Manning (@jmanning413) June 9, 2014
— Grace Wang, PhD (@gracecwang) June 9, 2014
— 1370 WSPD (@1370wspd) June 10, 2014
— Insception Lifebank (@Insception) June 10, 2014