Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus thank Cleveland, tell others to never give up hope

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CLEVELAND- Kidnapping survivors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus thanked the Cleveland area for support and never forgetting about them over the years they were missing. They also were speaking before a ceremony for the launching their book “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland.”

Berry and DeJesus both said they are thankful for the media coverage and that they watched the news while they were being held captive. They knew that people were continuing to look for them, which gave them hope.


DeJesus also said she hopes that her and Berry's story will help other families that have missing children and inspire them to never give up hope.

Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters and the authors of the memoir, also speak at the event and answers questions. The writers appeared on Fox 8 News in the Morning on Friday.

Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive by Ariel Castro for more than a decade. They escaped from his Seymour Avenue home on May 6, 2013.

Knight released her book, "Finding Me," last year.

More on the women’s amazing survival here.

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