OCD Walk 2024

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One Million Steps
for OCD Walk

The One Million Steps for OCD Walk is a community engagement event that allows individuals across the country to connect, share stories, create impact, and show those struggling on their road to recovery that they are not alone. In addition, the OCD Walk is an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of what it really means to have OCD!

1 Millions Steps 4 OCD Walk Footprint LogoThe One Million Steps for OCD Walk is a community engagement event that allows individuals across the country to connect, share stories, create impact, and show those struggling on their road to recovery that they are not alone. In addition, the OCD Walk is an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of what it really means to have OCD.

Organized by and benefiting:

Thank you to our Marquee Sponsor:

Why We Walk

Every dollar raised goes towards supporting those impacted by OCD and related disorders. Funds raised help the IOCDF to:

Resources/Support

Educate

Provide education about what it really means to have OCD or a related disorder to shorten the time to proper diagnosis.

Education

Support

Increase the number of trained therapists so everyone impacted by OCD has access to effective treatment.

Respect/Inspire

Inspire

Engage the entire OCD and related disorders community to advocate and educate in order to reduce stigma!

Walking to Break the Stigma

Tag @iocdf and use hashtag #ocdwalk to get your photo added to the board!

Find a Walk near you!

OCD Walks are taking place across the country throughout 2024. Find a Walk near you and make sure to sign up for email alerts to be the first to know if an event is added in your area!

Walker Testimonials

I walk so that one day, OCD will be as recognizable as a common cold, so that people don't need to go years wondering why they have such terrifying thoughts and feel compelled to compulsion. I walk so that treatment providers will be well-educated about proper OCD treatment, and people can get help as soon as they need it. 

Maya Tadross
IOCDF Advocate and OCD Walk Participant

For someone like me, who was struggling with OCD to a debilitating degree and lived in isolation, the idea of publicly denouncing the shame that OCD instills was a liberating thought. I knew I had to be part of this movement in any way that I could! The grassroots Community Walk allowed me and those unable to attend in Boston to participate on the official walk day wherever they were located!

Hannah Zidansek
IOCDF Advocate and OCD Walk Participant

It's so nice to be with people who understand the challenges of having OCD or loving someone with OCD. The sense of community at the Walk is just tremendous.

David Calusdian
IOCDF Board Member

These days mental health challenges are getting more attention, but people with OCD and their families often feel very isolated. The One Million Steps for OCD Walk is an important reminder that we are not alone and that help is available. When my daughter and I participated in the Walk, there was a feeling of joy in the air. How wonderful to be seen and accepted.

Hillary Twining OCD Walk Testimonial

Hillary Twining
OCD Walk Participant

Thank you to our generous OCD Walk sponsors!

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 One Million Steps for 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.

Denis & Nathaniel

Walks are happening across the country!

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One Million Steps for OCD Community Walk

Sat, June 1, 2024
4
Donors
75
Raised
0%
Goal:$20,000(0%)

Boston OCD Walk

Sat, June 1, 2024
84
Donors
2,710
Raised
3%
Goal:$100,000(3%)

San Diego OCD Walk

Sat, June 1, 2024
3
Donors
25
Raised
1%
Goal:$3,000(1%)

Inland Empire OCD Walk

Sat, June 1, 2024
1
Donors
50
Raised
2%
Goal:$3,000(2%)

Clark, NJ OCD Walk

Sun, June 2, 2024
8
Donors
175
Raised
1%
Goal:$12,000(1%)

Salt Lake City OCD Walk

Sat, June 8, 2024
0
Donors
0
Raised
0%
Goal:$15,000(0%)

Concord, NH OCD Walk

Sun, June 23, 2024
5
Donors
75
Raised
2%
Goal:$5,000(2%)

Portland, OR OCD Walk

Sat, June 29, 2024
0
Donors
0
Raised
0%
Goal:$5,000(0%)

Orange County OCD Walk

Sat, June 29, 2024
1
Donors
0
Raised
0%
Goal:$3,000(0%)

Oakland OCD Walk

Sat, July 13, 2024
4
Donors
50
Raised
2%
Goal:$2,500(2%)

Chicago OCD Walk

Sun, September 22, 2024
1
Donors
0
Raised
0%
Goal:$10,000(0%)

Phoenix OCD Walk

Sat, October 12, 2024
0
Donors
0
Raised
0%
Goal:$6,000(0%)

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Become a Walk sponsor and show your support!

The IOCDF will once again offer sponsorship opportunities that provide National visibility, as well as local visibility at the flagship Boston Walk. OCD Walk sponsors are promoted in a variety of mediums, including*:

  • Registration pages for the 30+ national OCD Walks
  • OCD Walk T-shirts (an attendee favorite!)
  • Marketing emails to 23k+ subscribers
  • Flyers (digital and print)
  • Social media post
  • Promotional giveaway items
  • Emcee recognition
  • Press releases

...and more!

*Eligibility based on sponsorship level. Higher-visibility sponsorships are limited in quantity and opportunities are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Together we're making strides for OCD awareness!