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Fourth surgery planned this morning for Charlotte bombing victim

A fund has been established to provide financial support for a Charlotte couple and a relative injured in Monday’s Boston Marathon attacks.

Nicole Gross, 31, remained hospitalized in Boston on Thursday after multiple surgeries to treat injuries including two breaks in her left leg, an ankle fracture in her right leg and a severed Achilles’ tendon. Her husband, Michael, suffered burns and lacerations due to the blast. Nicole Gross’s sister, Erika Brannock, 29, of suburban Baltimore, had her leg amputated below the knee.

The website – www.bestrongstaystrong.net – began accepting donations via PayPal on Thursday afternoon. Employees at Charlotte Athletic Club, where the Grosses both work, helped to set it up with the family’s blessing.

“One hundred percent of donations will assist the Gross and Brannock family with their medical, physical and emotional needs, as well as lost income and unexpected expenses during their recovery,” the site reads.

Checks should be made payable to Be Strong Stay Strong and mailed to 101 S. Tryon St. #200, Charlotte, NC 28280

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