A Maryland teacher who survived the Boston Marathon bombings has received a sizable donation from a group working to help her gain independence as her recovery continues.
Erika Brannock, a Towson teacher, was near the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She attended the race to support her mother, who was participating for the first time. Brannock underwent multiple surgeries, including the amputation of her left leg above the knee.
A Facebook support group for the Towson teacher keeps supporters updated on the stages of her recovery.
Brannock, who taught at Trinity Episcopal Children's Center in Towson at the time of her injuries, will soon have her 20th surgery. She’s welcomed the support of the Free Masons of Maryland, raised $10,000 for her expenses last year. Last week, the group donated more than $15,000 to make her new condo handicapped-accessible, reports WJLA TV.
“They know it’s for Erika. They know what she’s doing. They know the intense recovery and surgeries that she has to go through. And they just keep giving,” said Gerry Piepiora with Free Masons of Maryland.
The Free Masons of Maryland also renovated the bathroom at Brannock’s parents’ house to make that handicapped accessible.
Brannock was thankful for the group’s generosity.
“Never thought that it would be for that amount of money. I really also wanted to come and thank them for everything they’ve done and the support that they’ve given me,” Brannock told WJLA.
“It’s just a weight off my shoulders. I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to live on my own,” she said.