UMass Amherst Alumnae Recovering from Bomb Injuries; Recovery Fund Established

April 19, 2013

Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – Two University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnae are recovering from injuries sustained during the April 15 terrorist bombing in Boston.
 
Brittany A. Loring of Ayer, a 2006 graduate, remains hospitalized but her condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, according to the Ayer News. Longmeadow native Ryan C. McMahon, 33, of Boston, a 2002 graduate, received a fractured vertebra and two broken arms when she fell as the crowd in the viewing stand fled the scene after the blasts, according to the Republican.
 
A recovery fund has been established for Loring. Donations may be sent to Fidelity Bank, 9 Leominster Connector, Leominster, MA 01453.
 
Loring, who turned 29 on the day of the bombing, received injuries to her head, leg and fingers and is being treated at Boston Medical Center. According to the newspaper, she was near the marathon finish line waiting to greet one of the runners when she was hit by the blast.
 
She is enrolled at Boston College, where she is pursuing a law degree and a master’s in business administration.
 
Loring graduated from UMass Amherst with a double major in political science and psychology.
 
McMahon, who is also at Boston Medical Center, is marketing and communications manager for Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino's office of arts, tourism and special events.