By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands took to the streets of Old City Philadelphia on Saturday to participate in a walk for recovery.

Those in recovery and their allies participated in the 16th annual PRO-ACTrecovery Walk, many wearing team shirts like the Collegiate Recovery Coalition.

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Gabie and Julie are students at Villanova University. They were out to celebrate recovery.

“Being in college and trying to be sober is a really specific endeavor and it’s really hard being a young person and so just being surrounded by people who understand.”

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“It’s the people who have been in my life to support me and then me supporting other people who has really been the most vital part of my recovery.”

PRO-ACT is a grassroots organization for people affected by substance use disorders and their family members.

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The group says 25,000 people participated in 2016. This year’s number was expected to exceed that.