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CLEVELAND– A group of Boston Marathon survivors is turning their tragedy into a positive.

“We started in Boston, Massachusetts on April 18th and once the marathon was over, we started from the finish line and ran back to the start line and have been heading west ever since,” John Ortiz said.

He and the rest of the runners from the One World Strong Trek made a pit stop at Riverside Elementary School in Cleveland. There, they talked with the kids and even went for a run with them.

“It’s a way to say thank you for all that helped show support and helped with the healing process from the 2013 Boston Marathon survivors,” Ruster Tolliver said. “We’re lucky enough to have one of them with us today, and it just kind of makes it all worth while. This is why we’re here.”

Kaitlynn Cates was right near the finish line when the first bomb exploded. She said it’s a memory she’ll never forget.

“I’m fully recovered. I was standing at the finish line that day. Fortunately, I was standing with a friend who saved my life and since then, I’ve found running as a form of therapy or movement as a form of therapy,” Cates said.

She said that’s why she’s taking part in this run, to thank everyone for their support and to show others how important it is to get up and get moving.

“If we can pass on and share with children like here at Riverside school kind of that running helps, it heals. Don’t give up. Keep moving. That’s us giving back and saying thank you,” Cates said.