COLUMBIA, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The mother of two Boston Marathon bombing victims did not participate in a Columbia, Maryland race meant to raise money for her family this morning.

Instead, Carol Downing is in Massachusetts helping one of her daughters prepare to leave the hospital for the first time since April 15.

Erika Brannock, a Maryland pre-school teacher, lost a leg in the explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 260. Her sister, Nicole Gross of Charlotte, N.C., suffered two broken legs and a severed Achilles tendon.

About 300 other people did make it out to the 4.09-mile race, proceeds of which will go to The Erika Brannock Fund. The distance was chosen because the first bomb went off 4 hours and 9 minutes into the marathon.

The 29-year-old Brannock is the last of the patients hospitalized at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She will be discharged Monday.

Brannock and Gross were waiting at the finish line for Downing to finish the race when the explosions occurred. Gross’ husband, Michael Gross, also was injured.

Family members have said Brannock and her sister face long recoveries.

CBS This Morning Interview of Erika Brannock and Nicole Gross:

WNEW’s Heather Curtis contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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