Walking with Nathaniel Finish & OCD Awareness Rally
June 7, 2012 from 11:30am to 12:30 pm
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
On April 24, Denis Asselin began a solo walk from Cheyney, PA, to Boston, MA, in honor of his son Nathaniel, who took his own life at the age of 24 after a 13-year struggle with BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). The walking route includes stops at hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and treatment facilities that were part of Nathaniel’s journey, as well as places of joy such as The Bryn Mawr Birth Center, Goshen Friends School, The Shipley School, Westtown School (where he was a student, teacher and coach), and the Good Fellowship Ambulance and EMS unit where he often volunteered.
Denis hopes to raise awareness about BDD and OCD and to generate funds for desperately needed research. By finding better treatment and raising awareness, we can offer to others the hope that Nathaniel needed and so richly deserved. To support the walk, friends and family are creating their own events, some are joining him on short segments of the walk, and many are contributing to the IOCDF to transform Nathaniel’s suffering and his family’s pain into new possibilities for others.
If you cannot attend the rally, but would still like to make a donation to the International OCD Foundation in honor of Nathaniel, please click here: www.ocfoundation.org/donate. Be sure to specify on the form that your contribution is being made in memory of Nathaniel Asselin.
To learn more about Nathaniel and follow along with Denis’ journey, visit his blog at www.walkingwithnathaniel.org.
Denis’ story was also featured on ABC News On May 29, along with a story about Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Read more.