A Marin Academy High School graduate who grew up in Novato was one of the people injured in the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon and now friends and family are raising money to help pay medical bills.

Liza Cherney, 29, was at her first Boston Marathon cheering on a fellow Boston College business school classmate who was running to raise money for charity. As she waited near the finish line, the first bomb went off, sending shrapnel into the leg of Cherney.

In the aftermath she was whisked to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital where she underwent four surgeries for her injuries.

She was forced to spend her birthday in the hospital, but her spirits were buoyed when she was paid a visit by several members of the Boston Red Sox baseball team on the day.

She was released last week and is recovering from her injuries.

"We are very fortunate the injuries weren't worse," the Cherney family said in a statement given to the Independent Journal. "We are grateful for the care she received at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. We are still very concerned about the other families who have suffered."

Close friends have established www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/l582/helpforliza to help pay for out-of-pocket costs associated with Cherney's medical expenses and rehabilitation.

Cherney attended Marin Academy in San Rafael from 1998 until 2002. She was involved in community service during her middle and high school careers.

While in high school she volunteered with the "Making Waves After School Program" at Coleman Elementary in San Rafael. The program is designed to prepare elementary school students who face limited educational opportunities to be successful academically.

She also was elected co-leader of the Community Service Coordinator Group at Marin Academy and helped students implement community projects. She involved more than 40 Marin Academy students as volunteer tutors while at the school.

She attended the University of Southern California where she earned a bachelors and masters degrees in gerontology. While at the university, Cherney raised $1,200 for St. Jude hospitals and mentored 35 at-risk youth.

She is now attending Boston College's Carroll School of Management and expects to graduate with her masters in business administration this year.

Contact Mark Prado via email at mprado@marinij.com