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COLUMBIA, Md. -
Hundreds of people turned out this morning to run and raise awareness of teen substance abuse.
Damien's Run was held this morning in Columbia, MD. The run is held each year in memory of Damien Massella.
Damien died on June 18, 1998 at the age of 17 from a heroin overdose. A few short weeks before he conquered one struggle and graduated from Glenelg High School and enrolled in the culinary program at Anne Arundel Community College. He planned to open up a college checking account by depositing his saved paychecks from his job at Glenwood Gardens. It never happened. A more powerful struggle, addiction got in his way.
Damien's Run has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years to help teens in and around Howard County.