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One year later, family, friends reflect on Tripp Halstead's journey

A year ago today, Oct. 29, Tripp Halstead suffered a traumatic brain injury outside his Winder day care center when a tree limb fell on his head. (Special Photo)

A year ago today, Oct. 29, Tripp Halstead suffered a traumatic brain injury outside his Winder day care center when a tree limb fell on his head. (Special Photo)

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A photo posted to Facebook prior to Tripp Halstead going in for surgery. (Tripp Halstead Updates Facebook page)

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A photo of Tripp Halstead posted by his parents shortly after his surgery last week. (Facebook Photo)

When Stacy Halstead woke up Tuesday and checked Facebook she noticed that all her friends had changed their profile pictures to a photo of her son, Tripp.

“I cried and cried and cried,” Stacy Halstead wrote in a Facebook post on the page where she and her husband share updates on Tripp’s ongoing recovery. “They all wrote something sweet on why they chose to change their profile pic today.”

A year ago today, Oct. 29, Tripp suffered a traumatic brain injury outside his Winder day care center when a tree limb fell on his head.

“I can honestly not believe that it has been a year since Tripp was hurt,” his father, Bill Halstead, wrote in a Facebook post. “I remember the day well and in detail, right up until we got to Egleston and they told us just how severe the injury was.”

The Halsteads were spending the day making the anniversary of Tripp’s injury special with a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.

“We are on our way to somewhere Tripp loves and then having dinner with family and friends tonight,” Stacy Halstead wrote. “Going to make this a special and fun day. Oct 29 2012 will be a day we will never forget, but we are only moving forward.”

Since Tripp’s injury, he has undergone 14 surgeries, the most recent on Oct. 22. The Halsteads have received an outpouring of support from the community, with the Facebook page dedicated to updates on Tripp’s condition receiving more than 927,000 likes. The family’s new home in Jefferson was also remodeled by the Roswell-based nonprofit Sunshine on a Ranney Day.