2nd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk
The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is an annual grassroots awareness-building and fundraising event to support the work of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) to help individuals with OCD and related disorders live full and productive lives. Our aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues and foster a community for those affected by OCD. The Walk serves to raise vital funds for IOCDF programs, while also increasing visibility for the Foundation and awareness about OCD and related disorders.
This year, we want to see how many million steps we can walk for OCD awareness -together your support will help raise money for the foundation, and more importantly, raise awareness about OCD and related disorders along the way.
We are pleased to offer several ways for folks to be a part of this important walk!
The flagship 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston occurs on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Members of the OCD community, including friends, family members, professionals, kids (and even dogs), will gather at Jamaica Pond in Boston to meet others in the OCD community, raise awareness about OCD and related disorders, and raise funds to help support the programming and resources of the IOCDF. Last year, more than 300 participants raised $75,000 and walked 8.3 million steps in Boston and in their own communities all over the country. If you live in New England and would like to attend the Boston walk, click here.
Together with OCD Sacramento, an affiliate of the IOCDF, we are hosting the 1st Annual 1 Million 4 OCD Walk on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Southside Park in Downtown Sacramento. The proceeds of the Sacramento walk will benefit the work of OCD Sacramento and the IOCDF. If you live in the Sacramento area and would like to join with other members of your community and walk in Sacramento, click here.
If you are not able to attend the Boston or Sacramento Walks, we invite you to join our "virtual walk" and pledge to walk 1000, 5000, or even 1 million steps in your community. You can walk a few miles each day leading up June 7th, or you can plan to do all of your walking on one day, and invite your friends and family to come along — it's up to you. The virtual walk will culminate with our walk in Boston on June 7th, 2014. If you want to be a virtual walker, click here.
In 2012, Denis Asselin walked over 500 miles — or roughly one million steps — from his home in Cheyney, PA, to Boston, MA, in memory of his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel took his own life at just 24, after a long struggle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. After Nathaniel’s death, Denis decided to embark on a pilgrimage to honor Nathaniel and to raise awareness about the disorder that stole his young son’s life. On June 5, 2012, Denis completed his walk in Boston, and was greeted by staff of the International OCD Foundation, as well as friends, family, and members of the OCD community at a rally honoring Denis and supporting OCD and BDD awareness. To carry on this tradition, the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk was created the following year in the same spirit of raising awareness, funds, and hope. It is in this spirit of hope that we invite you to join us.
Let's see how many million steps we can collectively take for OCD if we all work together!
1 in 100 people in the US are living with OCD. And many of those people don’t have access to effective treatment. Help us change that. Take a step and be part of #1million4OCD.
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