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Ride to Give ends with smiles, tears

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Truelove sees the remodeled room for the first time (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook) Truelove sees the remodeled room for the first time (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook)
Nazaroff and Truelove embrace (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook) Nazaroff and Truelove embrace (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook)
A look at Truelove's remodeled room (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook) A look at Truelove's remodeled room (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook)
Supporters wait to greet Truelove (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook) Supporters wait to greet Truelove (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook)
Supporters wait to greet Truelove (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook) Supporters wait to greet Truelove (Courtesy: Ride to Give/ Facebook)
GAINESVILLE, GA (FOX Carolina) -

A 900-plus mile trek across nine states, an army of supporters, and a partnership with businesses and charities culminated in a life-changing day for an 11-year-old Georgia girl.

Charitable cyclist Dave Nazaroff and his Ride to Give army had been raising funds for the girl, Callie Truelove, as he pedaled from Nyack, NY to Gainesville, GA.

Nazaroff made it into Georgia Friday night after six days of intense cycling.

On Saturday, the journey ended when he met Truelove and her family at their home.

During the first Ride to Give in 2013, Nazaroff raised funds to allow the charity group Sunshine On A Ranny Day to provide a home makeover for a young boy with a traumatic brain injury.

During the second Ride to Give in 2014, Nazaroff's crew again raised money for SOARD to makeover Truelove's bedroom and to create a safe-room for her to play in.

Truelove, who suffers from a heart condition and Williams' Syndrome, got a limo ride to a local salon where she was treated to a makeover before meeting the Ride to Give Army, SOARD team members, and dozens of supporters from around the region at her Gainesville home for the unveiling.

Nazaroff wept when he and Truelove embraced Saturday.

"When we got to finally meet her and her beautiful family, it was just unbelievable and so emotional," Nazaroff said.

After a brief ceremony, Truelove got to check out the remodeled rooms.

Truelove shrieked with delight and again fell to tears when she saw the end result.

"It was so lovely and she was just overwhelmed with joy at having these new rooms," Nazaroff said. "Callie loves animals and the safe room was painted with animals on the wall and there's a big ball pit in there. It's perfect for her."

Nazaroff said the Ride to Give army donated more than $83,000, and all the proceeds will go to Truelove's family to help with her ongoing medical expenses and care needs.

Nazaroff said he is thankful to everyone who donated or offered him support along the way, and said he was grateful for the chance to make such a big impact in Truelove's life.

"All this today was the perfect ending to a great journey, a great ride," Nazaroff said.

The cyclist admitted he was going to be a lot more comfortable traveling back to Nyack in an air-conditioned van. "It's just too hot down here in the South," Nazaroff said with a laugh.

Ride to Give will begin searching for a new family that will benefit from the next Ride in the coming weeks.

Nazaroff, an Iron Man champion, will also be teaming up with 12 other Iron Man athletes to raise money for several families at an upcoming event in Chattanooga, TN.

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