Fundraisers and a national nod to a Winder boy fighting for his life

12:07 AM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
Tripp Halstead (Courtesy Bill Halstead)
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Winder, GA --  There appears to be no end to the fundraisers being organized in an effort to support the parents of 2-year-old Tripp Halstead.

Residents and friends held "Tripp-a-doodle-day" which featured a carnival atmosphere including a race car simulator and a wrestling match.

Hundreds of motorcyle riders also organized a ride in Tripp's honor and bikers came from all over.  Organizers say one motorcyclist made the trek all the way from New York.

Tripp was critically injured last month at his Barrow County daycare when a tree limb fell on his head.

Family members say originally doctors had little hope Tripp would survive, yet he has surprised them at every turn.

He has endured brain surgery as doctors tried to relieve brain swelling.

According to Tripp's grandfather, Larry Hughes, doctors have removed all the tubes from Tripp's face.  He can sit in a chair and makes eye contact.

Hughes seemed overwhelmed by the outpouring of support Saturday as he attended the fundraisers.

"I wish I had more words that thank you to express what this means.  People have been so good to us," said Hughes.

All money raised is being pooled to help the Halsteads with medical bills.  Something they are already starting to deal with.

"We know Tripp has a long way to go and the medical bills are already coming in. One just came in for $11,000," said Hughes.

Meantime, Tripp got some national recognition Saturday  when SR2 Motorspots driver Blake Koch drove the #00 car decked out exclusively for Tripp in the Nationwide Race.   The car was covered in decals and photos of Tripp and the slogan supporters have used #Teamboom.


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