Tripp Halstead may soon get to come home

4:46 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The family of two-year-old Tripp Halstead hopes to get some good news later this week.

Tripp's mother, Stacy, told 11Alive's Matt Pearl she may get the go-ahead as early as Wednesday to begin planning her son's return home after five months in the hospital.

Two-year-old Tripp of Winder, Ga. was brain-injured when a tree limb fell on him last October. Since then his family and he have experienced a spectrum of emotional highs and lows. Tripp has also become a rallying cause for hundreds of thousands across the country; more than 337,000 people clicked "Like" on his update page on Facebook.

"I don't understand it," Stacy Halstead said about the massive attention and support given to her son. "We love him, of course, and think he's amazing, but I'm just not sure what everybody else sees."

Tripp underwent a successful shunt surgery Monday morning.

Among the fundraisers that have been held in support of Tripp, one is gaining massive nationwide steam. Dave Nazaroff, a seven-time Ironman participant, has pledged to ride his bicycle from his hometown of Nyack, N.Y. all the way to Atlanta. He will make the journey in June; in the meantime, he has already raised more than $11,000, the proceeds of which will go to Tripp's family.

"People have contacted me, and they want to ride parts of it with me," Nazaroff said Monday. "A whole triathlon club in Georgia wants to ride through.

"This thing is just getting huge here."

For information about Nazaroff's ride, check out the fundraiser's Facebook page. For more on Tripp's family and the latest updates, go to the "Tripp Halstead Updates" page on Facebook.

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