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IHRSA member employees injured at Boston Marathon

Nicole Gross, right, Athletic director at Charlotte Athletic Club, with her mother, Carol Phillips Downing, left, and her sister, Erika Brannock.Unfortunately, one of our own and her family were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings last week.

Nicole Gross, the Athletic director at Charlotte Athletic Club in Charlotte, N.C., and her husband, Michael, the general manager, as well as her sister, Erika Brannock, were among the scores of people hit from the first bomb on April 15. Michael has been released from the hospital but Nicole and Erika, both of who have undergone many surgeries for their injuries, are still there.

Below is a release the family wrote. It includes how you can contribute to a fund to assist in the costs associated with their recoveries.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for the Gross and Brannock family. As you know, On April 15, 2013, Nicole and Michael Gross, and Nicole’s sister, Erika Brannock, stood innocently at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. They had traveled to Boston to cheer on their mom, who had been training for months to run in this storied event. Athletes themselves, they knew how difficult the marathon was and how much their support would mean to their mom. As they searched the crowd of runners, a series of explosions went off without warning, killing and injuring indiscriminately. Unfortunately, Nicole, Michael, and Erika were all injured in the first explosion. Both Nicole and Erika’s injuries have required multiple surgeries. They remain hospitalized and anticipate long recoveries. Thankfully, Michael Gross sustained only minor injuries, and he has been released from the hospital.
Nicole and Michael GrossAs you would expect, these times have been emotionally draining, and while there is a public thirst for information, we ask for continued patience and some privacy for a while as they work to recover. We also request that you refrain from using the graphic pictures of Nicole, Erika, and Michael, taken at the scene of the bombing, as they are tremendously painful for the family. They are trying to focus on the future.
Nicole, Michael, and Erika escaped with their lives, but they each have long roads to recovery. While we know they will succeed, the road ahead will be arduous and the cost of recovery great. To help them along their journey, we have established the Be Strong Stay Strong Fund. We are now asking for your support to assist Nicole, Michael and Erika by contributing to the Fund. 100% of donations will assist the Gross and Brannock families with their medical, physical and emotional needs, as well as lost income and unexpected expenses during their recovery. Click HERE to contribute.
Again, we thank you for your continued prayers, support, and assistance.

For more Boston Marathon bombings stories, click here.

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