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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 4, 2016
Registration Begins: 8:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:30 am
Walk Start time: 10:00 am
Category Archives: 2013 Walk
My hosts Ann and Richard prove to be–as has been my experience this whole trip–warm, welcoming, and generous with their attention to my needs. For dinner we feast on a grand salad to inaugurate the summer. I sleep well, but … Continue reading
A delicious Saturday night dinner at Tony and Bruce Evans with guests Trish Cope and friend Ron sets me up well for today’s 13.5-mile walk between two springs–Sandy to Silver Springs, MD. (The former actually has a spring.) However, I’m … Continue reading
Random Reflections Today is an unconditional gift—no walking! I bathe in the freedom from movement and no requirements. Toni and Bruce sense my deep appreciation of the gifts I now enjoy. I sit outside their lovely home, on a wooden … Continue reading
In consideration of my 2:00 appointment at Sandy Spring Friends School, I head out bright and early by 6:30. A seven-hour cushion of time for a 20+ mile walk sounds right to me. The Bob Evans restaurant is open for … Continue reading
Today’s challenges are straightforward: 1. Stay sufficiently hydrated in temperatures in the 90s and pay close attention to the body’s overall performance in the heat. 2. Avoid too many detours–today’s route already promises to be in the 20-mile range. 3. … Continue reading