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Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus give thanks to Cleveland community

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland (Source: Amazon) Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland (Source: Amazon)
Cleveland kidnapping survivors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are giving thanks to the Cleveland community and locally launching their new book.

Amanda and Gina, with authors Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, penned "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland."

"We were gone for a very long time, but Cleveland never forgot us. Inside the house, we could see on the TV news family and friends at vigils for us. In our darkest moments, those newscasts gave us strength and helped us get through terrible things," said Amanda.

"I hope my experience will help other families of missing children. Please remember never ever give up hope," Gina added.

Moments after those statements, the two were in a room with 100 friends and family.

Television cameras were not allowed.

Amanda told the crowd that writing the book helped her heal, but at first she only wanted to forget about what happened in the house on Seymour Avenue.

There was a huge laugh from the audience when Amanda was asked how she got through it all.  Amanda looked at Gina, who quickly said "Don't look at me."

When Amanda's daughter Jocelyn was born, she said Ariel Castro treated the women better.

Gina says she would block everything out and just go play with Jocelyn. She says it made her happy.

"I just want to say thank you to everybody. Your love and help mean everything to me," said Gina.

"I want to say tonight to everyone who has helped and to my hometown. I am forever grateful," said Amanda.

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