OCD Walk 2023

1 Millions Steps 4 OCD Walk Footprint Logo

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.

2024 locations and dates will be posted in April!

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.

2024 locations and dates will be posted in April!

The OCD Walk is organized by and benefits the:

Thank you to everyone who participated in a 2023 OCD Walk co-hosted by the IOCDF and its nationwide Affiliates!

2024 OCD Walk locations and dates will be posted in April. Sign up for email alerts to be the first to know of an event in your area!

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

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!

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.

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

Embracing uncertainty, one step at a time!