Cyclist rides from NY to ATL to raise money for Tripp Halstead - CBS46 News

Cyclist rides from New York to Atlanta to raise money for Tripp Halstead

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JEFFERSON, GA (CBS46) -

A New York man ended an 850-mile bike ride in Georgia on Monday, all to help Tripp Halstead - who he hadn't met until the end of his ride.

David Nazaroff left New York on his bike last week and rode the last mile of his journey with 2-year-old Tripp.

Tripp suffered a traumatic brain injury last October when a tree limb fell and hit him on his head.

Nazaroff's wife, Kate, found out about Tripp through Facebook. Nazaroff said he wanted to do something to help.

"I just want to make it easier on the family. They're going through a lot. I can't imagine. I'm riding my bicycle, I know at the end of the day I will get off my bicycle. Their family, what their dealing with and stuff like that, that's inspiration to me," said Nazaroff.

Tripp's parents, Bill and Stacy Halstead, took Tripp to meet Nazaroff when he made his stop.

Stacy Halstead posted the following to Tripp's Facebook page:

"We can not stop smiling. We just met Dave and Kaete (sic)!!! They are the most amazing people!!! Their last stop before Jefferson was Commerce, so we took Tripp and went to meet them. There was a big group of people with banners and flags, people had Team Boom and Ride to Give painted in their cars. It was an awesome experience. We met at the Fairfield Inn. A huge thank you to them for comping their rooms. Tomorrow is going to be even more amazing! Remember if you want to ride the last mile, just come to Kroger (the only Kroger) in Jefferson at 9 to sign in. It is totally free and a kid friendly ride. Thank you again to Dave for everything he has done. So glad he is safe!!!... And Tripp was such a trooper. He just looked at everyone and he tried so hard to smile as Dave rode in. Thank you for all your prayers. Love you all."

So far, Nazaroff raised about $155,000 for Tripp's medical costs.

Stacy Halstead said the money will help her stay at home with Tripp full time.

"I couldn't work at first to stay at home with him, and now I'm choosing not to so that I can stay at home with him and this definitely is helping me," Stacy Halstead said.

Nazaroff said that Tripp, who always loved being outdoors before his accident, but is now unable to stay out as much, seemed to have fun during the ride.

"He really enjoyed the ride," Nazaroff said. "The fresh air was good for him, he was smiling and it's all good."

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