End of Journey Rally

On June 7th Denis will be completing his journey in Boston and we encourage you all to come and join us at an OCD and BDD awareness raising rally at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park in Downtown Boston.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
11:30am until 2:30pm
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Atlantic Ave & Richmond St , Boston, MA 02109

Starting April 24, Denis Asselin began a 500 mile walk from Cheyney, PA to Boston, MA. Denis is walking in honor of his 24 year-old son, Nathaniel who took his own life after a 13-year struggle with BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). The route includes stops at hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and treatment facilities that were part of Nathaniel’s journey, as well as places of joy such as The Bryn Mawr Birth Center, Goshen Friends School, The Shipley School, Westtown School (where he was a student, teacher and coach), and the Good Fellowship Ambulance and EMS unit where he often volunteered.

Denis hopes to raise awareness about BDD and OCD and to generate funds for desperately needed research. By finding better treatment and raising awareness, we can offer to others the hope that Nathaniel needed and so richly deserved. To support the walk, friends and family are creating their own events, some are joining him on short segments of the walk, and many are contributing to the IOCDF to transform Nathaniel’s suffering and his family’s pain into new possibilities for others.

Join us as we celebrate the successful end of his journey!

3 Responses to End of Journey Rally

  1. Lauren says:

    It is remarkable what you are accomplishing in honor of your son. So proud of you! I know you will make a difference!

  2. manal says:

    Congratulations for embarking on your journey inward and outward! hugs!!

  3. Caitlin says:

    Of course, your son is going to be in my heart forever. It’s incredibly moving for a father to take this huge step (or several huge steps) in memoriam of his son, and it’s such a tragedy that he took his life. Thoughts and prayers to you. As a person with close friends who suffer from BDD, I know the struggles that come with this horrible disorder. Hopefully, this movement will show people like your son that they are not alone, and that they are loved and beautiful. Thanks so much for what you’ve done. I know your son is so very thankful.

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