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Turn Adversity to Advocacy
Each year brings opportunities to raise awareness about BDD and OCD—the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Awareness 5K Walk, the Annual OCD Conference, and OCD Awareness Week. Each makes publicly visible these invisible brain disorders that cripple the lives of sufferers, their families, and friends. Collectively as a society, we are as healthy as the hardest hit of our members, so we’ve got work to do. To remove the stigma of brain disorders and to help cure them, we invite you to get involved: become a member of the International OCD Foundation, volunteer, attend an event, or make a donation.
1 Million Steps 4 OCD Awareness 5K Walk
The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Awareness Walk was created in 2013, the year after my pilgrimage from Cheyney, PA to Boston, MA in memory of Nathaniel. Like the original, this new walk event is to raise awareness, funds, and hope. This year, we want to see how many million steps we can walk for OCD awareness together.
Where: Jamaica Pond
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Registration Begins: 8:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:30 am
Walk Start time: 10:00 am
Category Archives: Walk
A New Source of Hope for those Affected by BDD “Your son Nathaniel might have BDD,” Dr. L.K. suggests to my wife Judy and me. “What’s BBD?” we ask, mixing the letters up. “BDD—Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” she repeats. We had … Continue reading
Circles and Intersections My peregrinations of the past three years consisted mostly of meandering trajectories from home to pre-planned destinations. As the car drives, a trip to Boston is 300 miles, but mine on foot covered 552 (I avoided I-95!). … Continue reading
“Are you still walking?” friends often ask me. I answer, “Is there a cure for OCD and related disorders yet?” 7,400,000 steps later (over 3,700 miles), I continue to walk to tell Nathaniel’s story. One pilgrimage has morphed into another, … Continue reading
Why Erik’s Walking in Sacramento on May 10th Last year, Erik Duarte was inspired by the story of our son Nathaniel’s struggle with BDD in a blog the IOCDF posted on its website. He too has struggled with BDD. This … Continue reading
It’s already two days after the walk (Monday, June 10) and I feel as if I am still in dreamland. Everything happened so fast. My Camino mind had difficulty adjusting to the new pace. However, the Friday night Terramia Restaurant … Continue reading