Former heroin addicts, families walk to raise hope

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BAY RIDGE -

Hundreds of people came out for the Dynamite Youth Center's 20th annual Walk-A-Thon in Bay Ridge.

The event seeks to provide hope for former heroin addicts and their families.

Former addicts who attended the event say it gave them a sense of belonging.

"I understand who I am, I understand I like how I got here," said Angela Mastrototaro. "I know I am not alone."

The Dynamic Youth Community is a substance abuse center that offers drug counseling. They say they have been specializing in teen drug dependency since 1970.

Organizers of the Dynamic Youth Community say the walk shows that it's become more important than ever to bring attention to the heroin epidemic.

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