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Cycling Good Samaritan ends 900-mile trek for Tripp Halstead

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WINDER, Ga. -

It's the inspiring story of strangers helping strangers.

That's how the mother of a 2-year-old boy left fighting for his life after a serious accident referred to the moment a man she and her family had never met before crossed the finish line of a 900-mile cycling trek to raise money to help their son.

"It was an unbelievable experience for myself for myself... being out there," said Dave Nazaroff, a seven-time Ironman participant, who took the story of Tripp Halstead to heart -- and more.

Last year, 2-year-old Tripp suffered a brain injury when a tree limb fell on him as he played outside of a daycare center in Winder, Ga. Nazaroff and his wife, who live in New York, learned of Halstead's story via Facebook and were so deeply moved by it that they set out to help.

Nazaroff dedicated a near 1,000-mile ride from New York to Georgia to raise money for Tripp's recovery. He'd also have chance to meet Tripp, as well as his parents, himself.

Nazaroff said, "From New York to Georgia, there was thousands of people lining the road and you need that little pick me up when you turn a corner. In Boone, North Carolina, you've got people cheering. It's just incredible."

He rode 900 miles in less than a week. On Monday, Nazaroff crossed the finish line in Georgia, met Tripp's parents and took the little guy for a ride on the final leg of their incredible journey.

Bill Halstead, Tripp's father, said, "It wasn't too many months ago that we didn't even know if we would have Tripp with us. And, we were able to do something like this and ride him down the road and meet some awesome people. It's just been awesome. We had the greatest time today."

The toddler has waged an incredible battle from the brink of death to thriving after suffering a traumatic brain injury in October 2012.

"I think his cognitive ability is there. I know distinctly one day they had him answering yes or no questions with buttons and he answered seven out of eight correctly'  and he's routinely answering them correctly," Bill Halstead said last March.

On Monday, a calm and comfortable Tripp sat back for the ride of a lifetime with his guardian angel.

Bill rode along with Nazaroff for the final triumphant mile of this trip for Tripp. It raised more than $150,000 to help pay for the young boy's continued recovery.

The stunning example set by Nazaroff would not be lost on others.

Stacey Halstead, Tripp's mother, said, "I think the amazing part is the fact that they done this for Tripp and it went so well, they're going to do this for a different kid every year and I love that."

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It's the inspiring story of strangers helping strangers.

 

That's how the mother of a 2-year-old boy left fighting for his life after a serious accident referred to the moment a man she and her family had never met before crossed the finish line of a 900-mile cycling trek to raise money to help her son.

 

"It was an unbelievable experience for myself for myself... being out there," said Dave Nazaroff, a seven-time Ironman participant, who took the story of Tripp Halstead to heart -- and more.

 

Last year, 2-year-old Tripp suffered a brain injury when a tree limb fell on him as he played outside of a daycare center in Winder. Nazaroff and his wife, who live in New York, learned of Halstead's story via Facebook and were so deeply moved by it that they set out to help.

 

Nazaroff dedicated a near 1,000-mile ride from New York to Georgia to raise money for Tripp's recovery. He'd also have chance to meet Tripp, as well as his parents, himself.

 

Nazaroff said, "From New York to Georgia, there was thousands of people lining the road and you need that little pick me up when you turn a corner. In Boone, North Carolina, you've got people cheering. It's just incredible."

 

He rode 900 miles in less than a week. On Monday, Nzaroff crossed the finish line in Atlanta, met Tripp's parents and took the little guy for a ride on the final mile of their incredible journey.

 

Bill Halstead, Tripp's father, said, "I wasn't too many months ago that we didn't even know if we would have Tripp with us. And, we were able to do something like this and ride him down the road and meet some awesome people. It's just been awesome. We had the greatest time today."

 

The toddler has waged an incredible battle from the brink of death to thriving after suffering a traumatic brain injury in October 2012.

 

"I think his cognitive ability is there. I know distinctly one day they had him answering yes or no questions with buttons and he answered seven out of eight correctly and he's routinely answering them correctly," Bill Halstead said last March.

 

On Monday, a calm and comfortable Tripp sat back for the ride of a lifetime with his guardian angel.

 

Bill rode along with Nazaroff for the final triumphant mile of this trip for Tripp. It raised more than $150,000 to help pay for the young boy's continued recovery.

 

The stunning example set by Nazaroff would not be lost on others.

 

Stacey Halstead, Tripp's mother, said, "I think the amazing part is the fact that they done this for Tripp and it went so well, they're going to do this for a different kid every year and I love that."

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