After thousands of well-wishers posed for pictures and sent encouragement along the way, a New York man met the boy on Monday morning that he rode a bicycle some 900 miles in honor of since Wednesday.
Dave Nazaroff, or "Superman," as Tripp Halstead's mother Stacy called him, pulled Tripp behind for the final stretch of a ride that began in Upper Nyack, N.Y. With a support team including three friends that rode along side him, and a GPS tracking device so supporters could follow his progress online, Nazaroff pedaled the final feet in front of a police car and alongside Bill Halstead, Tripp's father.
Stacy wrote on Facebook that Tripp did "amazing" on the ride as he looked around and even waved.
The "Ride to Give" raised about $155,000 for the Halstead family's medical costs so that Stacy can stay home with Tripp.
"The support system is amazing here, it's very emotional, just incredible," Nazaroff said shortly after the ride pulled into a Kroger grocery store parking lot in Jefferson. "From New York to Georgia, there was thousands of people lining the roads. And when you need that little pick-me-up, and turn the corner in Booneville, N.C. you've got people cheering. It's truly a team effort."
Nazaroff reiterated on Monday that he plans to put on similar rides in years to come to help other families and children.
Nazaroff said he hoped to raise some awareness for people to help others and, "see where you can make a difference."
Nazaroff's wife, Kaete, learned of Tripp's story through the Facebook page, "Tripp Halstead Updates."
More information can be found on the Facebook page "Toga Multisport Ride to Give benefitting Tripp Halstead."