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Tripp Halstead's parents guest of Gwinnett Gladiators

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The Gwinett Gladiators held a fundraiser Saturday night to help Tripp Halstead's family with their growing expenses.               

Tripp got to go home from the hospital Friday, March 29 - five months to the date of his injury.

Most of the fans attending the game for Tripp Halstead Night, know him as the toddler who suffered a brain injury last October when a tree branch fell on him outside his Winder daycare.

Matthew Dooley and dozens of Gladiators fans bought their special game ticket online, since $5 from each ticket goes directly to the Halsteads.

"They've been through a lot and they deserve all the help they can get," said Dooley.

Bill and Stacy Halstead thanked the crowd during the first break.

Afterwards they talked to CBS Atlanta News about how it felt bringing their only child home from the hospital.

"It was amazing walking through the front door. We didn't even know if was real. We just knew something was going to stop us, until we actually got home and then we could breathe. And [then] we were, 'OK, it's real. He's home,'" said Stacy Halstead.

Bill Halstead told CBS Atlanta News that fundraising events like the one with the Gladiators has allowed his wife to stay by their son's side. He also said attending the events gives the couple a little release.

"It's such an energizing experience for us to come here and all these people are here to support us. We just get constant uplifting comments. And people come over and hugging us and saying, 'Oh, we're praying for Tripp,'" said Bill Halstead.

Prayers for the Halsteads have been felt. They said the first night home with Tripp went better than they could have imagined.

"It wasn't as scary as I imagined it to be. It was amazing. We had monitors hooked up and we slept right beside him. It actually went real smooth," said Stacy Halstead.

The Gladiators won the game 4-1, winning the division before heading into the playoffs.

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