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.

In 2014, we held walks in Boston, MA, and Sacramento, CA — and we hope to keep growing and expanding this walk to more and more places each year.

Learn about the 2014 walks below, and stay tuned for news about the 2015 #1Million4OCD walks.

Our Inspiration

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.

Thank You to our 2014 Sponsors!


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2014 WALK in Boston

The flagship 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston took place on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Members of the OCD community, including friends, family members, professionals, kids (and even dogs), gathered 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. More than 300 walkers joined us in Boston in 2014 and raised over $50,000 in support of IOCDF programs. Stay tuned for news about the 2015 Walk.

2014 WALK in Sacramento, CA

Together with OCD Sacramento, an affiliate of the IOCDF, we hosted the 1st Annual 1 Million 4 OCD Walk on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Southside Park in Downtown Sacramento. More than 125 people attended the walk and raised over $10,000 to benefit the work of OCD Sacramento and the IOCDF. Stay tuned for news about the 2015 Walk.

2014 WALK in Your Community

If you were not able to attend the Boston or Sacramento Walks, we invited you to join our “virtual walk” and pledge to walk 1000, 5000, or even 1 million steps in your community. People walked a few miles each day leading up June 7th, or some did all of their walking on one day, and invited their friends and family to come along. The virtual walk culminated with our walk in Boston on June 7th, 2014. Thank you to all of our 2014 Virtual Walkers. Stay tuned for news about the 2015 Virtual Walk.