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    Nicole and Michael Gross. photo courtesy of Kim Hummel Photography www.kimhummel.com
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    Erika Brannock, left joins her sister Nicole Gross as she waves the green flag to start the Thunder Road Marathon in uptown Charlotte Saturday, November 16, 2013. They two were injured at the Boston Marathon bombing in April. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing survivors, from left, Michael Gross, Erika Brannock, and Nicole Gross are greeted by friends and family as they cross the finish line at the Thunder Road 5K in uptown Charlotte Saturday, November 16, 2013. Brannock, who participated in the race in a wheelchair, was joined by her sister, Nicole and Nicole's husband Michael to walk the last 100 yards to the finish line. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing survivors, from left, Michael Gross, Erika Brannock, and Nicole Gross cross the finish line at the Thunder Road 5K in uptown Charlotte Saturday, November 16, 2013. Brannock, who participated in the race in a wheelchair, was joined by her sister, Nicole and Nicole's husband Michael to walk the last 100 yards to the finish line. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston, MA - 5-10-13 - Nicole Gross (cq) and her husband Michael Gross (cq) inside her hospital room at Brigham and Woman's Hospital before her discharge today. (MANDATORY CREDIT: Bill Greene/The Boston Globe)
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Boston Marathon bombing survivor Nicole Gross speaks at the Westin Tuesday, October 1, 2013 to more than 600 doctors, nurses, and other health care providers gathered to raise money for Care Ring, a Mecklenburg County non-profit that provides medical care for people who are uninsured or underinsured. "Over the past 5 and a half months, I have been blessed with extraordinary medical care," said Gross, whose legs were badly injured in the marathon attack. "Let’s feel empowered today…Let’s do our part. Let’s pay it forward." Nicole and husband Michael were given the Maribelle Connerat Award, which honors the late community health advocate and longtime leader of Care Ring. The group provides a low-cost health clinic, care for first time mothers, and a network of 1,600 physicians who have given away more than $92 million in medical care. Organizers noted Tuesday that more than 11,000 people in Mecklenburg who can’t afford health care will remain ineligible for government-subsidized health insurance that became available nationally for the first time on Tuesday. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing victims, Nicole Gross, seated, and her husband Michael, right, celebrate their return to Charlotte with friends and family at Wilson Air Center at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Saturday, May 18, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing victim, Nicole Gross, is welcomed by supporters at Wilson Air Center at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Saturday, May 18, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing victims, Nicole Gross, center, and her husband Michael, second from right, are greeted by supporters upon their return to Charlotte at Wilson Air Center at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Saturday, May 18, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing victim Nicole Gross, with her husband Michael Gross, gives an update on her recovery Friday afternoon at the Charlotte City Club. On Wednesday, members of Charlotte's business community will hold an event, the Be Strong, Stay Strong Benefit Reception, to raise money for three victims of the Boston Marathon bombings with strong local ties: Nicole and Michael Gross, and Erika Brannock. DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing victim Nicole Gross, (right), with her husband Michael Gross, gives an update on her recovery Friday afternoon at the Charlotte City Club. On Wednesday, members of Charlotte's business community will hold an event, the Be Strong, Stay Strong Benefit Reception, to raise money for three victims of the Boston Marathon bombings with strong local ties: Nicole and Michael Gross, and Erika Brannock. DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Boston Marathon bombing victim Nicole Gross, (right), with her husband Michael Gross, gives an update on her recovery Friday afternoon at the Charlotte City Club. On Wednesday, members of Charlotte's business community will hold an event, the Be Strong, Stay Strong Benefit Reception, to raise money for three victims of the Boston Marathon bombings with strong local ties: Nicole and Michael Gross, and Erika Brannock. DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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