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Fund established to aid Towson preschool teacher's recovery

A trust fund has been established for Towson preschool teacher Erika Brannock, who had part of her left leg amputated because of injuries suffered during the explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon.

Brannock, a 29-year-old Cockeysville resident who teaches 2-year-olds at Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center in Towson, was in Boston supporting her mother, Carol Downing, who was running the marathon. She was standing near the finish line with her sister and brother-in-law when the bombs went off.

Family members said Wednesday that Brannock had her lower left leg amputated, while her sister, Nicole Gross, suffered two broken legs.

Liz Harlan, former director at the Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center and the founder of Davenport Preschool, said Brannock was taken off a respirator Wednesday morning and would likely have surgery on her right foot on Thursday.

After an outpouring of support from members of her preschool community, Harlan established a trust fund Wednesday for Brannock, who planned to join her staff in the fall when the Davenport opens.

“The fund is set up so the money can be used for any medical recovery cost, living expenses or anything else that is going to aid in her recovery,” Harlan said.

She said the account has been set up as a trust fund because the preschool is not yet a nonprofit organization.

Donations may be made payable to The Erika Brannock Fund and mailed to The Erika Brannock Fund, P.O. Box 828 in Sparks, MD 21152. For more information or to donate online, visit

Parents and friends were concerned that Brannock would be without health insurance between her jobs. Brannock’s employment at Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center ends in June, Harlan said.

Rev. Ken Saunders, rector at Trinity Episcopal, said the continuance of her insurance through the summer was a personnel matter the church’s board would consider.

“We’re going to do everything we can to help the family,” Saunders said.

Brannock, a graduate of Mount Hebron High in Howard County, graduated from Towson University in 2008 and is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Towson.

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