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1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk

June 4, 2016 in Boston, Oakland, Atlanta, Houston, and in Your Community!  

Each year, members of the OCD community from across the country — including individuals with OCD, mental health professionals, friends, family members, coworkers, children, and even four-legged friends (dogs must be on a leash, of course) — join together at the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk to raise awareness, hope, and funds to the support the important programs of the International OCD Foundations and our local affiliates.

The walk began in 2013 in Boston, and has since expanded to 4 cities around the U.S. For 2016, we are excited to announce our newest walk co-hosted by OCD Texas in Houston! We are also excited to announce that our Northern California walk will now be co-hosted by OCD SF Bay Area and OCD Sacramento, and will take place in the Bay Area for the first time. See below for details about all of our walks, including how to start a walk in your hometown if there is not a walk near you.

4th Annual Walk in Boston

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Jamaica Pond, Boston, MA

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3rd Annual Walk in Northern California

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

Co-hosted by OCD SF Bay Area & OCD Sacramento

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2nd Annual Walk in Atlanta

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA

Co-hosted by OCD Georgia

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1st Annual Walk in Houston

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Memorial Park, Houston, TX

Co-hosted by OCD Texas

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4th Annual Virtual Walk — In Your Community!

Saturday, June 4, 2016
We invite you to create your own grassroots walk in your neighborhood, town, or city and to join the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in spirit by becoming a virtual walker in your own community. Click here to learn more.

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Our Inspiration

Denis & NathanielIn 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!

Take a step and be part of #1million4OCD.