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Erika Brannock( Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun photo / July 2, 2013 )
29, Boston marathon bombing survivor
Using a wheelchair to navigate the halls of a Boston hospital, Erika Brannock made a video after the marathon bombing claimed the lower half of her left leg -- to show her pupils 399 miles away her new body. Education and children are her passion, her inspiration. By the time she starts teaching at the fledgling Davenport Preschool in Hampton this fall, her goal is to be walking on crutches. She might even teach some gym classes. When Brannock, who returned home in June, thinks about the lessons of the April bombing that killed three and injured 260, at the top of the list are the goodness she has found in strangers and the strength she has found in herself: "I can push myself a lot more than I thought. I am stronger physically than I thought I was. I am more determined to get things done."
-- Yvonne Wenger