An eighth grader plans to carry his 7-year-old brother with cerebral palsy piggyback on a unique 40-mile journey, all in an effort to raise awareness.

Hunter Gandee, 14, tells The Blade in Toledo, Ohio he will walk from Temperance, Mich. to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor carrying his younger brother, Braden, who uses a walker and braces.

Traveling on local roads, Hunter Gandee estimates the trip will take 13 hours. The boys plan to set out on June 7 and will make a one-night stop along the way before arriving on June 8. A group of volunteers and the boys’ parents will travel by car ahead of them.

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Hunter Gandee said his brother is his “inspiration.” The 150-pound teen who wrestles and plays football plans to carry 50-pound Braden on his back.

“I’m excited about the walk,” Braden Gandee told the newspaper, adding that he will talk to his brother and sing songs to occupy the time.