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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 3, 2017
Registration Begins: 8:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:30 am
Walk Start time: 10:00 am
Category Archives: 2015 Walk
Day 10: We follow the river valley again today for a very pleasant walk, mostly flat, and stop for dinner fixings en route to our “Casa Vacanze” apartment as they are called here in Italy. We fix an innovative meal … Continue reading
Day 8: Denis walks solo while Judy happily gets a ride with our kind host to the next B&B, Agrituristico La Ciriola, tucked between mountains and surrounded by vineyards. Denis’s first walking destination, Faggio di San Francesco, is worth the tongue-dragging … Continue reading
Angels and Demons (and Cats) First, the demons. The day started well: cool mist promising sun later, high spirits as we leave our cosy apartment in Rieti, a straightforward walk to the beautiful Franciscan Sanctuary–La Foresta–with exquisite gardens and copious … Continue reading
Contrasts Judy: Yesterday’s trek prompts my knee to give me clear signals that a bus ride to Rieti would be just the thing. Our incredibly accommodating host (who must be used to this pattern: San Lorenzo is between two very … Continue reading
Up, down, and around; lost, lost, lost and found! Wandering the hills of Lazio province sans GPS is like visiting the Paris Catacombs without a guide. We leave our lovely host Giuseppi at 7:30 hoping that our downloaded maps will … Continue reading