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A year after bombing injuries, Nicole Gross will attend Boston Marathon

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    This is the statement sent to Charlotte media outlets by Nicole Gross’ family:

    “It is with great pride and gratitude that we will return to Boston this year for the Tribute event and the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. We are tremendously grateful for the generous outpouring of support and love from our neighbors in Charlotte the people in Boston and from individuals all over the world during our most difficult days.

    “We will never be able to express how truly thankful we are. While we mark this one year of recovery with many milestones of hope we wanted to express our appreciation to everyone who helped that day and in the past year. Many of us have much healing to do and our recovery may never be complete but the hope of spring, the renewal of a new year and the love of everyone has given us even more optimism for better days ahead.

    “Our family has shown us the power of enduring courage and hope and we look forward to cheering on our Mom Carol and Brother Brian and our many friends that are running this year to help us recapture our memories of the Marathon. It will be a great moment to watch them cross that Finish Line and take back the joy of race day on Boylston Street.

    “We are proud to join the many fans in cheering on all the runners who will make this year’s Marathon the most special one ever. We also want to express our appreciation to members of the press who continue to respect our privacy and allow us the opportunity to privately recognize this most important day with our family and friends.”



A Charlotte woman who was injured by one of the explosions at last April’s Boston Marathon will return as a spectator for the 2014 running of the race.

Nicole Gross was near the finish line last year waiting for her mother, Carol Downing, to finish the 26.2-mile race when the bombs went off.

Gross suffered two broken bones in her lower left leg, a nearly severed Achilles tendon, and an injury to her eardrum. Her sister, Erika Brannock of Towson, Md., lost her left leg above the knee in the blast. Gross’s husband, Michael, suffered minor injuries.

Brannock has done multiple interviews with media in Baltimore during her recovery, but the Gross family in Charlotte has been mostly quiet. Nicole Gross has participated in interviews with CBS News, USA Today, Universal Sports and Woman’s Day magazine but has declined requests to speak to the Observer.

News of her plans to attend the marathon, which will be held April 21, came in a statement from the family that was sent to Charlotte media outlets.

“...We look forward to cheering on our Mom Carol and Brother Brian and our many friends that are running this year, to help us recapture our memories of the marathon,” the statement said. “It will be a great moment to watch them cross that Finish Line and take back the joy of race day on Boylston Street.”

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