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8:12 PM, Jul 13, 2013   |    comments
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JEFFERSON, Ga. -- The Halsteads are now home. After three and a half months and $200,000 worth of renovations, their house in Jefferson is fully furnished and ready to go. 

Saturday the family walked through their new house for the first time. Walls moved and doorways widened, every part of the house is now accessible for Tripp's wheelchair.

"They thought of every detail, everywhere we can go in the house he can go," said Tripp's mother Stacy. "That was our goal, that's what we were going to try to do ourselves but they made it easier."

Tripp Halstead was hit by a tree branch while at daycare during a gathering storm last October. His story, and the family's willingness to share it, has captured the attention of fans all over the world. The charity Sunshine on a Ranney Day took on the task of renovating a foreclosed home the family bought in Jefferson. Donations poured in to help, and volunteers helped to transform the house.

"Basically we gutted the entire house," Pete Ranney told 11Alive's Jon Shirek Friday evening, "so from the sub-floor up, it's a new roof, new shingles, everything on the inside, new appliances, it's amazing."

A big screen monitor was set up in the driveway of the home so the hundreds of spectators could watch the family walk through. Stacy Halstead said she's stopped questioning the interest in her son's story. She's looking forward to getting her son back to where she hopes he can be.

"There are so many sick kids in the world and we have no idea what the pull was to Tripp," Halstead said. "But we love him, and we're just so glad everyone else has fallen love with him."

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