Dave Nazaroff is biking 900 miles for Tripp Halstead a two year old he has never met who is suffering from extensive brain damage...
Dave Nazaroff is cycling 900 miles from New York to Atlanta to raise money for a boy he has never met. But Tripp Halstead isn't just any boy.
The 2-year-old suffered extensive brain damage when a tree branch fell on his head at daycare in Winder, Ga., on Oct. 29, CNN reports. He spent months in a hospital fighting his way back and is finally home. He can't talk and must use a wheelchair, but he shows glimmers of recovery.
Tripp's mother, Stacy, chronicles his path on a Facebook page now followed by hundreds of thousands of people.
That's where Nazaroff comes in.
His wife, Kaete, was mesmerized by the hope and despair expressed by Tripp's mom. The Nazaroffs, too, have a towheaded 2-year-old, making Stacy's daily accounts hit even closer to home, she explained.
"We can't wait until we finally get to meet them," Stacy said of the Nazaroffs on Facebook.
Nazaroff, the founder of Toga Multisport Club and a bike shop owner, leaves June 26 from his Nyack, N.Y., hometown and plans to arrive in Atlanta five or six days later. The goal is to hand the Halsteads a hefty check so Tripp's mom can stay at his side throughout his recovery, Kaete wrote at the donation site.