1 Million Steps 4 OCD – Walk in Your Community

1 Million Steps 4 OCD — Walk in Your Community
Now through June 7 2014

In 2012 Denis Asselin walked 500 miles — or 1 million steps — from his home near Philadelphia all the way to Boston on a pilgrimage in memory of his son Nathaniel Nathaniel Asselin was an amazing young man who battled body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) a disorder related to OCD until he took his own life at just 24 years old Denis’ pilgrimage was a way to honor Nathaniel’s too short life while also raising awareness about OCD and BDD along the way (read more here) On June 7th 2012 Denis reached Boston and was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers at the IOCDF OCD Rally At the rally Denis remarked that while he walked over a million steps there were still millions more to go towards raising awareness and understanding about OCD and BDD Last year we hosted the 1st Annual 1 Million 4 OCD Walk to see how many million steps we could walk for OCD awareness together.

This year we are hosting TWO WALKS in Boston and in Sacramento and we invite anyone who cannot attend those walks to walk with us in spirit by joining our virtual walk and pledging to walk 1,000 or 5,000 orven 1 million steps for OCD Awareness You can walk alone or invite family and friends to join you You can walk at your own pace all at once or at your leisure All the time you will be walking to raise vital funds for IOCDF programs while also increasing awareness about OCD and related disorders in your local community! The virtual walk will culminate on June 7 2014 with our walk in Boston.

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 toffective treatment Help us change that Take a step and be part of #1million4OCD

How to Join

Registering to be a virtual walker is asasy as 1-2-3:

STEP 1 Register to join the Virtual Walk online at www.iocdf.org/virtualWALK This will allow you to create your very own fundraising page which you can use to reach out to your friends family members social media networks coworkerstc to ask for their support The fee to register is $25 and includes a commemorative 2014 Walk T-shirt that will be sent to you by June 7th 2014.  Raise money and awareness as one of hundreds of dedicated walkers Ask for donations from your friends and family on your very own fundraising webpage.

STEP 2 Tell us how far you plan to walk Figure out how far you plan to walk between now and June 7th 2014 Then use our Walk Calculator to convert your walk distance into steps andnter this pledge amount when you register for the Walk We want to see just how many million steps our walkers will collectively take by June 7 2014!

STEP 3 Join or create a Walk team or walk and fundraise on your own Teams are a great way to get family members and neighbors involved Forxample you can create a team called TEAM EDWARD to raise money in honor of your friend Edward with OCD You can then invite all of Edward’s family members and friends to join your team and they in turn can reach out toven more people Teams are optional butncouraged.

Then start fundraising! We have many resources tools and tips in our Fundraising Toolkit to help you get started raising OCD awareness and fundraising for the IOCDF You canven download your own Walk badge (pictured at right) to use to promote the walk to your friends on Facebook Twitter and Instagram using our #1Million4OCD hashtag You can find the toolkit online at www.iocdf.org/fundraising-kit/

How Many Steps Do You Plan to Walk?

Just how many steps can you take to help usxceed our goal of 1 million steps? Figure out how far you plan to walk between now and June 7 2014 —forxample can you pledge to walk 0.5 miles per day 1 mile a day 5 miles per weektc.? Once you have a plan use this walk calculator to convert that distance into steps Then when you register for the walk let us know how far you plan to go Let’s see how many million steps we can collectively walk!

Click here to use the Walk Calculator

Thank You to our Sponsors!
FAQs

What is the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Awareness Walk?

The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Awareness is a fundraisingvent to support the work of the IOCDF The mission of the Foundation is to help individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to live full and productive lives Our aim is to increase access toffective treatmentnd the stigma associated with mental health issues and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.

What does it mean to “Walk in my Community”?

If you live in New England or Sacramento we invite you to join in those walks (click here for Boston or Sacramento.) But if you can’t make it to these walk venues we invite you to walk with us in spirit by joining our virtual walk and pledging to walk 1,000 steps 5,000 steps orven 1 million steps — whatever you can — in your community You can walk alone or invite friends and family to join you You can walk a few milesach day leading up to the Boston Walk on 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.  Last year more than 100 virtual walkers walked in their own community!

Your involvement is important to the overall success of the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk.   Through your visibility you are an important part of the OCD community —raising OCD Awareness in towns where we may other wise not he holding a walk.

How do I figure out how many steps I plan to take?

You can use our walk calculator to convert your planned walk distance into steps Click here to calculate your steps now.

Who is organizing the Walk?

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is a donor-supported nonprofit organization Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD the Foundation has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders their family members and loved ones and mental health professionals and researchers We have affiliates in 22 states and territories in the US in addition to partnerships with other OCD organizations around the world The Foundation aims to improve outcomes for individuals with OCD and related disorders by:

Providing resources and support for those affected by OCD including individuals with OCD and related disorders their family members friends and loved ones.
Increasing access toffective treatment through:

Educating mental health professionals aboutvidence-based treatments.
Providing a forum for professional collaboration and networking.
Supporting research into the causes of and treatments for OCD and related disorders.

Promoting awareness about OCD and related disorders to the OCD community and the general public.

How do I register?

Registration isasy! To Walk virtually in your own community register online at:        https://www.firstgiving.com/19030/1-million-steps-4-ocd-walk-your-community

What is the minimum donation required?

The registration fee to participate is $25 and you will receive a commemorative Walk T-shirt! (one shirt per donor) If you register to Walk before May 10th you will receive your shirt before June 7 2014.

There is no minimum donation beyond the $25 registration but wencourage you to challenge yourself and help us fundraise by creating a fundraising page on FirstGiving and sharing the Walk with your friends family members and social media networks

How do I start my own team?

It’s very simple! When you register you will have the ability to start a team and serve as the team captain or join anxisting team

 

Will there be awards for walkers and fundraisers?

In addition to awards for our Boston and Sacramento walker there will be an award for the top virtual walker:

Top Virtual Walker – Most fundraised dollars

Where do the funds from the Walk go??

All funds raised support the mission and programs of the International OCD Foundation.  The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives Our aim is to increase access toffective treatmentnd the stigma associated with mental health issues and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them

 

How do I get a T-Shirt?

All Virtual Walkers who register and pay the $25 registration fee by May 10 2014 will receive a t-shirt in the mail before June 7 2014.  Walkers who register after that date will receive a shirt based on availabity Be sure to register before May 10th to guarantee you get a shirt!

Will all my family members get a T-shirt?

Every “individual” walker who registers and pays the $25 registration fee will receive a T-shirt.

What if I have more questions about thevent?

Call ormail 1-617-973-5801 or info@iocdf.org

How do I get a T-Shirt?

All Walkers who register and pay the $25 registration fee will receive a t-shirt

Will all my family members get a T-shirt?

Every “individual” walker who registers and pays the $25 registration fee will receive a T-shirt

What if I have more questions about thevent?

Call ormail 1-617-973-5801 or info@iocdf.org

DONATIONS

How do I turn in donations?

We ask you toncourage your sponsors to make their pledge online using your fundraising page link.  Please do not mail in cash contributions You can write out a personal check for any cash you receive To turn in your contribution you can mail your donations to:

International OCD Foundation

1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk

P O Box 961029

Boston MA 02196

Checks should be made out to the IOCDF (International OCD Foundation).  Please put your name on the memo line ofach check.

Don’t forget about matching gifts.

Check with yourmployer if they provide a matching gift program.  Obtain your matching gift form from your human resource department and include it with your check

Can I use FedEx UPS or Certified Mail to turn in my donations?

Yes at your discretion you may use the above methods to turn in your donations Please use the Foundation office address:

International OCD Foundation

18 Tremont Street Suite 903

Boston MA 02108

What if my donors need a receipt?

Walkers and sponsors who make an online donation via our website will receive anmail confirmation that can be used for tax purposes Offline check or credit card contributions that are received and made out to the IOCDF for $100 or more will receive a thank you letter from us that can be used for tax purposes

 

Can I mail in cash?

No please don’t send in cash For any cash donations you receive please deposit the contribution into your checking account and send in a personal check.

 

How do I get a copy of your 501(c)(3) letter and/or tax id number?

Our EIN is EIN 22-2894564

For a copy of our 501(c)3 letter please contact Pam Lowy at plowy@iocdf.org

Are donations tax deductible?

All donations are tax deductible in the same calendar year your donation was processed to thextent allowed by law Please work with your tax professional to determine what deductions you areligible for.

 

Can I send a money order or cashier’s check?

Yes we accept money orders and cashier’s checks for donations

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