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Swim benefit today for Charlotte bomb victims

Friends of Nicole and Michael Gross are joining the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in sponsoring a “Swim for Nicole’ fund raising event Wednesday.

The public is invited to come to the center and participate in coach-led workouts during the day. If you can’t attend during those times, you’re invited to swim at any time -- or merely come to the center and give a donation.

The event will help pay the medical costs of Charlotte trainer Nicole Gross, who was severely injured in the terrorist bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon last month. Today’s event also will benefit her sister, Erika Brannock, who was seriously hurt, too. Gross’ husband, Michael, suffered less-serious injuries in the explosion.

Nicole Gross has undergone at least seven surgeries since the April 15 blasts.

Sponsors say 100 percent of the money raised today will go to the Gross and Brannock funds.

The swim benefit continues until 9:30 p.m. at the aquatic center, 800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in Charlotte’s uptown area.

The first coached workout was from 6-7:30 a.m. Additional workouts are from noon-1 p.m., 3-4 p.m., 4-5 p.m., and 8-9 p.m. Or you can come and swim at any time.

Checks should be made payable to “Partners for Parks.”

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