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Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the three Cleveland women who escaped in May after about a decade of captivity, released a thank-you video to show their appreciation to all the people who have offered their support.
The Cleveland Courage Fund topped $1.3 million on Friday, with a spike in donations after the sentencing of kidnapper Ariel Castro, according to a law firm representing the three women he held for more than a decade.
“On the heels of Thursday’s sentencing, the fund recorded a significant increase in giving — roughly $20,000 in less than 24 hours’ time,” the Jones Day law firm said in a statement.
Castro was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after abducting, imprisoning and repeatedly raping Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry. The women were rescued from Castro’s home in May after being held captive for more than a decade.
The Cleveland Courage Fund was created by Cleveland City Council members Brian Cummins, Matt Zone and Dona Brady after the discovery of Knight, DeJesus, and Berry.
All proceeds are allocated to the wellbeing of the three women, who, according to Jones Day, “have access to and are currently using the fund.”
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First published August 2 2013, 3:22 PM