S.I. honors hunter gandee

gandee sports illustrated photo 2015

By Joyce Ervin

Hunter Gandee, 15, who carried his 8-year-old brother Braden on his back to raise awareness for cerebral palsy have stopped in Milan twice on their miles long treks to the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
As of June, 2015 the brothers have raised $10,000 for the pediatric center at U of M. and have been successful for raising funds for an inclusive playground  being built at Braden’s Douglas Road Elementary School in Lambertville.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the school before the boys began their second trek with students walking with them for the first half-mile.
The brothers, now famous in Milan, have reached nationwide acclaim and Hunter was recently awarded Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of the Month for June, a new feature for the magazine, at a ceremony held at Forest View Lanes in Temperance.   
Hunter received the award not only for his athletic achievements as a Bedford High School wrestler, but for perseverance, integrity, academic success, selflessness and sportsmanship.  Detroit Lions tight end, Eric Ebron, presented the award and Sports Illustrated reporter, Ali Fenwick, wrote the article.
The brothers served as grand marshals for the Milan Christmas Parade in 2014.  They were officially welcomed to Milan on their last stop by Milan Mayor Michael Armitage.
To learn more about Hunter’s award, visit si.com/hsathlete. To view a video and learn more about the high school feature, visit si.com/1yK1ZtP.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login