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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Community support for Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock continues to pour in.

She talks to WJZ about a major donation to help her with rehab, and a controversial Rolling Stone cover featuring the surviving suspect.

Gigi Barnett has the story.

It’s been three months since Erika Brannock was caught in the Boston Marathon bombing. Her recovery is coming along.

The other day, Brannock took another step in the healing process.

“During physical therapy, I stood up for the first time,” she said.

It’s a small success that comes with a lot of work and money.

But, in the future, this will help–a $10,000 donation from Valley Motors in Cockeysville.

So far, it’s the largest donation to her medical fund.

“You think that it would trickle out a little bit and the buzz would go away. But people have been really consistent with giving,” said Brannock.

When asked about a recent Rolling Stone magazine cover that features accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s face and an article on the teen, Brannock said her focus is her healing.

“Everyone else can have the reaction that they want to have and get their opinion out to Rolling Stone. But I’m choosing to stay in the positive and not let him take much more from me,” she said.

When it comes to raising dollars for Brannock’s fund, Valley Motors President Charlie Fenwick says Subaru donated $100 from the final price-tag of every car sold in May and June.

He says the buyers wanted to help.

“That’s the beautiful thing about people in these sorts of situations. I think the American people want to give,” Fenwick said.

In addition to selling cars, the dealership also placed donation bins around its showroom. Sales people say they’ll continue to raise money for Brannock’s fund until the end of the year.

Valley Motors also sold t-shirts to collect money for Brannock’s fund.

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