A fund has been set up to help a 29-year-old pre-school teacher at Towson's Trinity Episcopal Children's Center who lost part of her left leg in the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Erika Brannock, a Mount Hebron High School graduate, and her sister Nicole Gross, 31, of North Carolina, were standing near the finish line to meet their mother, Carol Downing, competing in the marathon, when the two bombs exploded. Brannock was rushed to Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where doctors were forced to ambutate her left leg below the knee, according to the Episcopal News Service.
Brian Gross, Brannock's brother-in-law, told The Boston Globe that doctors are also “keeping an eye on the other leg and are concerned with her foot."
Nicole Gross suffered two broken legs in the bombing and a severed achilles tendon, according to reports. Carol Downing was not injured.
Information on the Erika Brannock Fund can be found at www.thebrannockfund.com.
“She’s the kind of faculty member you would want in any school, in any situation,” Liz Harlan, Brannock’s supervisor for the last four years, told the Globe. “She worked in every classroom and knew every kid as if they were her own.”
Rev. Kenneth H. Saunders III, rector of Brannock’s church, which held a vigil to support the school teacher Wednesday night, noted that she is a huge Ravens fan and plans are in place to hold an honorary "Purple Friday" in her honor — sending the photographs to her and her family.
“The children have rallied around at school," Saunders told the Globe. "We’re just praying for her and that she comes back to us soon.”
"She is really concerned about the children," and how they are taking the news, her mother told the Huffington Post. "She misses them."