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New York man begins long distance ride for Tripp

Special Photo "Tripp-a-Doodle's Trot" and 5K will benefit Tripp Halstead, a 2-year-old critically injured Oct. 29 in Barrow County by a fallen tree limb. The 5K will be at 8 a.m. with same day registration at $35.

Special Photo "Tripp-a-Doodle's Trot" and 5K will benefit Tripp Halstead, a 2-year-old critically injured Oct. 29 in Barrow County by a fallen tree limb. The 5K will be at 8 a.m. with same day registration at $35.

In the last eight months, more than 100 businesses and organizations, mostly local, have raised money for Tripp Halstead. But on Wednesday, a New York man began a journey that's possbily the most unique, and benefits the Halstead family.

Dave Nazaroff, a seven-time Ironman, started a trek of about 900 miles to Atlanta to complete a fundraiser that began in March after Nazaroff's wife, Kate, learned of Tripp's story through the Facebook page, "Tripp Halstead Updates."

"When I read about Tripp he reminded me of my blond, smiley, rambunctious 2-year-old," Kate Nazaroff wrote on Facebook. "I was so moved by his story and the honest yet inspirational updates his parents were posting."

So far, Nazaroff has raised more than $120,000 for the Halstead family. The "Ride to Give" is expected to take five or six days. It began in Upper Nyack, N.Y., and is scheduled to finish in a stretch between Duluth, Winder and Jefferson on July 1. The Nazaroffs have set a goal of $140,000.

More information can be found on the Facebook page "Toga Multisport Ride to Give benefitting Tripp Halstead."

Nazaroff said he would do this ride annually to help other children and families.

"Hopefully he can help other families like he's helped us," Bill Halstead said on Saturday at the Gwinnett Braves' "Tripp Halstead Night." "It just shows how unselfish people are."

The Halsteads plan to turn the "Team Boom movement" into a charity to help other families, Bill Halstead said. Holly Ranney of the nonprofit Sunshine on a Ranney Day, which is organizing a remodel of the Halsteads' new home in Jefferson, said the Halsteads are a "pay it forward" family and have said they would help the Ranneys remodel a house for other families.

Ranney said her nonprofit's Facebook page had 300 "likes" before they met the Halsteads, and thanks to publicity from Tripp's Facebook page, they now have more than 30,000 likes.