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It’s not too late! Onsite Registration Info for Boston, Atlanta, and Sacramento Walks.

On Saturday, June 6th, walkers from OCD communities in Boston, Atlanta, and Sacramento, and at grassroots events around the globe, will gather to take part in the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk.

If you live near Boston, Atlanta, or Sacramento, and still want to join us, you can register on-site tomorrow morning beginning at 8am.

The #1Million4OCD Walk is free and open to everyone, but if you would like to receive a commemorative walk t-shirt, we request a $25 donation. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted at all Walk locations.  All Walk proceeds will go to support the mission of the International OCD Foundation, and our walk co-hosts OCD Sacramento and OCD Georgia.

Please follow the below links for important details about where to go, where to park, and event schedules:

If you do not live near one of our Walks, you may still participate “in spirit” by joining our Virtual Walk here.

Walk with us, and be a part of #1Million4OCD.


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Walking for Riley — Why I’m walking on June 6th

Why are you walking for OCD? In today’s blog entry, OCD advocate and IOCDF supporter Margaret Sisson answers that question and shares her story about joining the #1Million4OCD movement in memory of her late son, Riley Sisson. Thank you to Margaret for opening up about her journey and translating her passion into what’s sure to be an excellent inaugural Walk in Atlanta on Saturday.

Atlanta LogoMy name is Margaret Sisson, and I am the Walk Co-Chair for the inaugural 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve been involved with the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and OCD Georgia (an affiliate of the IOCDF) for a few years. Since the walk began in Boston in 2013, I have wanted to create our own walk down here in Atlanta. I am so excited about this year’s Walk and what it will do to help increase awareness about OCD and related disorders in Atlanta! This Walk is very important to me because of my passion and dedication for helping others who suffer with OCD. But last year, my reason for bringing the Walk to Atlanta became an even more personal mission for me.

RileyIt has been nine months since I lost my only son Riley to an accidental overdose on September 1, 2014. Riley suffered from severe OCD and addiction. Long before Riley’s death, however, I became an advocate for people living with OCD. My passion was motivated as a mother who would do anything to help her son. I watched Riley’s suffering and knew there were so many others who were struggling — others just like him. I became determined to educate myself about OCD and develop a better understating about mental health disorders. I wanted to help Riley and everyone else affected by this disorder. Riley was also an energetic advocate for the OCD community. Despite his own struggles, he was always reaching out to others and leading the way to help people who were also struggling.

To me, the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is a symbol of a strong community of people who want to help those who are struggling with this devastating disease. On June 6, 2015, I will be walking to honor Riley. I am also walking to raise awareness about OCD and related disorders so that others may also gain a better understanding about mental health issues.

Denis Asselin — whose family’s own journey was the inspiration behind the first 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston— sent me a note last fall, shortly after I received the IOCDF Hero Award at the 2014 Annual OCD Conference. The note contained this quote, which means so much to me:

“No doubt, like me, you feel as if the work still remains undone, and indeed there is so much more for us to do. Yes! Yes! But don’t forget to look how far we have walked the arduous path in spreading awareness about these cruel brain disorders. We can’t do much separately, but we certainly can do much more together. May you bathe in the acolytes and tributes sung to you tonight. Be grateful for what is, and let the recognition fuel your energy and commitment to stay the course.”

We have many more steps to take in helping to educate others about OCD and related disorders. Please join me on June 6th in Boston, Sacramento, Atlanta, or in your own community – let’s walk together as part of #1Million4OCD.

To learn more about the Walks, or to join or donate, please visit www.iocdf.org/walk.


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Announcing the Grand Marshals for the 2015 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walks in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta!

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is pleased to announce that we have selected several outstanding individuals to serve as Grand Marshals for the 2015 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walks in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta! The honor of Grand Marshal is bestowed upon individuals who have made a significant commitment to helping members of the OCD and related disorder community, whether that is through their work as a treatment provider or as an advocate.

Boston

Perrie (Front
Perrie (front, center) walks a young Izzie (left) and Henry (right) at the inaugural Boston Walk in 2012.

Therapy dogs, Henry and Izzie, and their handler, Perrie Merlin, LICSW, will be the 2015 Grand Marshals! If you have attended the Boston Walk in the past, you may recall seeing Perrie and her two Australian Shepherd companions, Henry and Izzie. Perrie and her dogs have attended the Walk since its inception. Perrie is the senior social worker at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital (OCDI). Perrie specializes in the treatment of OCD and BDD and the impact that it has on family systems. Henry and Izzie work as therapy dogs with Perrie at the OCDI.

Perrie was selected as Grand Marshal because of her steadfast commitment to the OCD Community, from her work at the OCDI, to her contributions as a support group leader in the community, to her role as a speaker at the Annual OCD Conference, and as a champion of the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston. Henry and Izzie were selected as Grand Marshals because of the comfort they bring to people struggling with OCD and related disorders and the help they provide to so many in the recovery process.

“I love everything about the Walk,” says Perrie. “The Walk could be a somber and solemn event, but it’s not! It is uplifting, happy, and full of hope! I’m honored to be a Grand Marshal.”

Sacramento

OCD Sacramento and the IOCDF selected Scott M. Granet, LCSW, as Grand Marshal! Scott has been treating OCD and related disorders for 20 years. In June 2008, Scott formed the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California. He has taught extensively throughout the country and presented internationally on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Scott is also one of the co-founders of the OCD San Francisco Bay Area affiliate and continues to serve as a member of their board of directors. Scott is being recognized for his commitment to helping people living with OCD and BDD and for making it his personal mission to educate others on these disorders.

“I truly feel honored to have been selected as Grand Marshal for this year’s 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Sacramento,” says Scott. “As someone who has lived with BDD his entire adult life, all I ever wanted was to get better. As a therapist, all I’ve ever wanted is to help others do the same. By participating in this Walk and Walks like it throughout the country, we can all have some part in making sure that millions of others with OCD and related disorders can also experience the joy and relief from reclaiming their lives.”

Atlanta

OCD Atlanta and the IOCDF selected Susan Dailey to serve as the Grand Marshal for the inaugural Walk in Atlanta! Susan is a longtime parental advocate for people living with OCD, especially kids with OCD. Her tireless effort to educate the medical community and others about PANDAS/PANS is making an impact on how the medical community views pediatric OCD. Susan is also a member of the IOCDF board of directors.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the Grand Marshal for the first 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta,” says Susan. “Visibility is a key factory in raising awareness and helping others better understand OCD. The Walk is an ideal way for that to happen.”

Join us!

If you are in the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta areas on Saturday, June 6th, please come walk with Perrie, Henry, Izzie, Scott, and Susan, along with many other members of the OCD community. Everyone will be walking to raise awareness for OCD and related disorders, as well as raising funds to support the work of the IOCDF and our Sacramento and Atlanta affiliates. To learn more: www.crowdrise.com/iocdf

Please remember that if you can’t take part in the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta walks, you can always join us in your own community by setting up a fundraising page and pledging to walk for OCD anytime between now and June 6th (Anytime in the month of June works as well). This can be something you do on your own or with your family and friends. To become a virtual walker, go to: www.crowdrise.com/iocdf

Walk with us today! Join others around the globe and become part of #1Million4OCD.


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Announcing the Grand Marshals for the 2015 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walks in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta!

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is pleased to announce that we have selected several outstanding individuals to serve as Grand Marshals for the 2015 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walks in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta! The honor of Grand Marshal is bestowed upon individuals who have made a significant commitment to helping members of the OCD and related disorder community, whether that is through their work as a treatment provider or as an advocate.

Boston

Perrie (Front
Perrie (front, center) walks a young Izzie (left) and Henry (right) at the inaugural Boston Walk in 2012.

Therapy dogs, Henry and Izzie, and their handler, Perrie Merlin, LICSW, will be the 2015 Grand Marshals! If you have attended the Boston Walk in the past, you may recall seeing Perrie and her two Australian Shepherd companions, Henry and Izzie. Perrie and her dogs have attended the Walk since its inception. Perrie is the senior social worker at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital (OCDI). Perrie specializes in the treatment of OCD and BDD and the impact that it has on family systems. Henry and Izzie work as therapy dogs with Perrie at the OCDI.

Perrie was selected as Grand Marshal because of her steadfast commitment to the OCD Community, from her work at the OCDI, to her contributions as a support group leader in the community, to her role as a speaker at the Annual OCD Conference, and as a champion of the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston. Henry and Izzie were selected as Grand Marshals because of the comfort they bring to people struggling with OCD and related disorders and the help they provide to so many in the recovery process.

“I love everything about the Walk,” says Perrie. “The Walk could be a somber and solemn event, but it’s not! It is uplifting, happy, and full of hope! I’m honored to be a Grand Marshal.”

Sacramento

OCD Sacramento and the IOCDF selected Scott M. Granet, LCSW, as Grand Marshal! Scott has been treating OCD and related disorders for 20 years. In June 2008, Scott formed the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California. He has taught extensively throughout the country and presented internationally on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Scott is also one of the co-founders of the OCD San Francisco Bay Area affiliate and continues to serve as a member of their board of directors. Scott is being recognized for his commitment to helping people living with OCD and BDD and for making it his personal mission to educate others on these disorders.

“I truly feel honored to have been selected as Grand Marshal for this year’s 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Sacramento,” says Scott. “As someone who has lived with BDD his entire adult life, all I ever wanted was to get better. As a therapist, all I’ve ever wanted is to help others do the same. By participating in this Walk and Walks like it throughout the country, we can all have some part in making sure that millions of others with OCD and related disorders can also experience the joy and relief from reclaiming their lives.”

Atlanta

OCD Atlanta and the IOCDF selected Susan Dailey to serve as the Grand Marshal for the inaugural Walk in Atlanta! Susan is a longtime parental advocate for people living with OCD, especially kids with OCD. Her tireless effort to educate the medical community and others about PANDAS/PANS is making an impact on how the medical community views pediatric OCD. Susan is also a member of the IOCDF board of directors.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the Grand Marshal for the first 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta,” says Susan. “Visibility is a key factory in raising awareness and helping others better understand OCD. The Walk is an ideal way for that to happen.”

Join us!

If you are in the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta areas on Saturday, June 6th, please come walk with Perrie, Henry, Izzie, Scott, and Susan, along with many other members of the OCD community. Everyone will be walking to raise awareness for OCD and related disorders, as well as raising funds to support the work of the IOCDF and our Sacramento and Atlanta affiliates. To learn more: www.crowdrise.com/iocdf

Please remember that if you can’t take part in the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta walks, you can always join us in your own community by setting up a fundraising page and pledging to walk for OCD anytime between now and June 6th (Anytime in the month of June works as well). This can be something you do on your own or with your family and friends. To become a virtual walker, go to: www.crowdrise.com/iocdf

Walk with us today! Join others around the globe and become part of #1Million4OCD.


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Research Poster Deadline is this Monday, May 18th!

Every year we invite the world’s leading researchers on OCD and related disorders to submit proposals to present their researchposters during the Researcher Meet & Greet at the Annual OCD Conference, which will take place on the evening of Saturday, August 1, 2015. Posters are also displayed throughout the Conference weekend.

Posters will be accepted from senior, licensed researchers as well as research trainees and students. For ALL poster submissions, at least one author must be present at the OCD Conference to represent the poster and answer questions at the Researcher Meet & Greet event.

Remember that we also have Outstanding Poster Awards for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members, offering a $1,000 travel award or free conference registration to winners.
Forward this email to students and trainees who may be interested, and don’t forget to tell them sign up for the IOCDF Student/Trainee Membership  in order to be eligible.
The deadline for submitting a research poster is this MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015 at 5pm ET. If you have any questions at all, feel free to email us at conference@iocdf.org, or call us at 617-973-5801.


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Research Poster Deadline is this Monday, May 18th!

Every year we invite the world’s leading researchers on OCD and related disorders to submit proposals to present their researchposters during the Researcher Meet & Greet at the Annual OCD Conference, which will take place on the evening of Saturday, August 1, 2015. Posters are also displayed throughout the Conference weekend.

Posters will be accepted from senior, licensed researchers as well as research trainees and students. For ALL poster submissions, at least one author must be present at the OCD Conference to represent the poster and answer questions at the Researcher Meet & Greet event.

Remember that we also have Outstanding Poster Awards for IOCDF Student/Trainee Members, offering a $1,000 travel award or free conference registration to winners.
Forward this email to students and trainees who may be interested, and don’t forget to tell them sign up for the IOCDF Student/Trainee Membership  in order to be eligible.
The deadline for submitting a research poster is this MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015 at 5pm ET. If you have any questions at all, feel free to email us at conference@iocdf.org, or call us at 617-973-5801.


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Are you walking with us on June 6th? Share your walk story and help spread hope.

Social media has revolutionized how we stay in touch with friends and family, how we shop, get our news, purchase the latest app for our phone… and yes, how we ask others to support us in our awareness and fundraising efforts.

The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is all about awareness, which is why social media is such an important part of the walk The only way we can break free from the stereotypes surrounding OCD is to tell the story. Maybe your story will be the thing that makes the difference!

Right-click on the image and select “Save As…” to save the walk badge to your device.

We are inviting you to share your Walk story on Facebook and Twitter — tell us why you are walking and how you are spreading hope and awareness. Tell us which walk you will be joining (or if you’re doing a Virtual Walk in your own community). Share the post on the IOCDF Facebook page, or on your own Facebook page using the walk hashtag #1Million4OCD. Or tweet your story with the hashtag #1Million4OCD and tag @IOCDF. Or Instagram a picture of yourself in your walk t-shirt from last year’s walk. Or simply download the walk badge to use as your social media profile image for the next month. Don’t forget to include links to your Crowdrise Team page. Can you imagine if social media was inundated with these stories over the next month?

I am sure that you have heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that raised millions of dollars for ALS Disease research all through the power of social media. What else did that campaign accomplish other than fundraising, though? It got people talking about ALS and brought this devastating disease to the forefront of people’s minds.

Social media gives us all a platform to convey messages to a much wider audience than ever before. It gives us the opportunity to tell our stories not just to our own friends and family, but to our friends’ friends, and so on. For more tips on how to use social media to spread the word about the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk, and about OCD, click on the “Tips & Tools” tab on the Crowdrise walk pages.

So, will you walk with us on June 6, 2015? And will you share your story?

Even you if can’t attend a Walk in Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta, you can join us in your own community as a Virtual Walker. If you register and raise $25 before Friday, May 8th, you will receive your own Virtual Walk Kit, including a walk t-shirt, pedometers, and stickers and posters to help promote your local walk.

Using social media to promote the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is simply one way in which we can come together as a community to show the world we are united in our commitment to raising awareness about OCD and related disorders. Just think about how much visibility we can gain by using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other platforms you share content on to get our message out to our various communities.

Please remember that if you can’t take part in any of the walks listed above, there are many fundraisers and teams looking for donors. Click here to find walkers: www.iocdf.org/walk

And keeping sharing your Walk stories! Tweet and Instagram pictures about your Walk team using the hashtag #1Million4OCD and mention @IOCDF.


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Are you walking with us on June 6th? Share your walk story and help spread hope.

Social media has revolutionized how we stay in touch with friends and family, how we shop, get our news, purchase the latest app for our phone… and yes, how we ask others to support us in our awareness and fundraising efforts.

The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is all about awareness, which is why social media is such an important part of the walk The only way we can break free from the stereotypes surrounding OCD is to tell the story. Maybe your story will be the thing that makes the difference!

Right-click on the image and select “Save As…” to save the walk badge to your device.

We are inviting you to share your Walk story on Facebook and Twitter — tell us why you are walking and how you are spreading hope and awareness. Tell us which walk you will be joining (or if you’re doing a Virtual Walk in your own community). Share the post on the IOCDF Facebook page, or on your own Facebook page using the walk hashtag #1Million4OCD. Or tweet your story with the hashtag #1Million4OCD and tag @IOCDF. Or Instagram a picture of yourself in your walk t-shirt from last year’s walk. Or simply download the walk badge to use as your social media profile image for the next month. Don’t forget to include links to your Crowdrise Team page. Can you imagine if social media was inundated with these stories over the next month?

I am sure that you have heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that raised millions of dollars for ALS Disease research all through the power of social media. What else did that campaign accomplish other than fundraising, though? It got people talking about ALS and brought this devastating disease to the forefront of people’s minds.

Social media gives us all a platform to convey messages to a much wider audience than ever before. It gives us the opportunity to tell our stories not just to our own friends and family, but to our friends’ friends, and so on. For more tips on how to use social media to spread the word about the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk, and about OCD, click on the “Tips & Tools” tab on the Crowdrise walk pages.

So, will you walk with us on June 6, 2015? And will you share your story?

Even you if can’t attend a Walk in Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta, you can join us in your own community as a Virtual Walker. If you register and raise $25 before Friday, May 8th, you will receive your own Virtual Walk Kit, including a walk t-shirt, pedometers, and stickers and posters to help promote your local walk.

Using social media to promote the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is simply one way in which we can come together as a community to show the world we are united in our commitment to raising awareness about OCD and related disorders. Just think about how much visibility we can gain by using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other platforms you share content on to get our message out to our various communities.

Please remember that if you can’t take part in any of the walks listed above, there are many fundraisers and teams looking for donors. Click here to find walkers: www.iocdf.org/walk

And keeping sharing your Walk stories! Tweet and Instagram pictures about your Walk team using the hashtag #1Million4OCD and mention @IOCDF.


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Join us for the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk on June 6, 2015!

When we held our first 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston in 2013, we were awed to see how quickly and enthusiastically the community came together to make that first event a success. After that initial walk, the IOCDF decided to set an ambitious goal to add a new walk in a new city each year. In 2014 we introduced a new walk on the West Coast in Sacramento, CA, and this year we are proud to announce that we have another new walk in the Southeast in Atlanta, GA!

Kid-Bos-WalkJust imagine what it will look like to see thousands of people walking together around the world to raise awareness for OCD and related disorders and to shatter stereotypes and misunderstanding. But, of course, we realize that we cannot achieve this goal on our own. We will need to rely heavily on the commitment of our walkers, donors, and members of the OCD community to make this dream a reality — will you walk help us achieve this goal?

On June 6, 2015, the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk will take place in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta, as well as at grassroots walks in communities across the globe and we hope you will be walking next to us.

By joining the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk, you are helping to raise awareness and funding for the OCD programs at the International OCD Foundation, OCD Sacramento, and OCD Georgia. By walking together as a community, we will make a powerful statement about our shared commitment to help people living with OCD. We will help raise the dollars that make it possible for the IOCDF to develop, fund, and facilitate much-needed programs — programs that improve the lives of individuals and families and provide hope for many. And by talking about the walk on social media, and with our friends, families, and colleagues, we will also be helping to educate, spread awareness, reduce stigma and bring important attention to mental heath disorders such as OCD.

Remember — you don’t have to walk alone!

There is a popular adage that applies perfectly to the walk: “The more the merrier.” By creating or joining a walk team, you are able to band together with friends and family to rally support for this great cause.

Each year we see so many enthusiastic teams at the walks. For example, in Boston last year, a group of dedicated co-workers from Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island designed their own unique Walk T-shirts and walked together around Jamaica Pond as a group of 47 individuals committed to OCD Awareness! Likewise, the Cormier family from Massachusetts created a Walk Team that was 20 people strong: They made their own T-shirts and carried signs as they walked around Jamaica Pond, making the day into a family outing enjoyed by everyone. In 2014 alone, there were 33 Walk Teams in Boston, 16 teams in Sacramento, and 13 teams of walkers who hosted Walks in their own community. Walk teams can fundraise together, set their own team goals, and walk together at the event. We will even have special prizes for the largest walk team at each walk!

The more visible we become the more we will create change. Help us be part of changing how others view OCD and related disorders. Join us on June 6, 2015 and be part of #1Million4OCD!BOS-Shirt-Mockup

Are you collecting the commemorative Walk T-shirts?

One of the most common questions I receive during Walk season is, “How can I get a Walk T-shirt?” All walk registrants who make a minimum donation of $25 receive a T-shirt.

Ready to walk? Here’s how to register:

1. Go to iocdf.org/walk and select which walk you want to register for
2. Create your fundraising page and raise a minimum of $25 in order to qualify for your Walk T-shirt.
3. Create or join a walk team and start fundraising and recruiting more people to join the walk!

Walk in Boston

Boston LogoThe 3rd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston takes place on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  For the third year in a row, members of the OCD community, including individuals with OCD, family, friends, co-workers and treatment providers will gather at Jamaica Pond for our flagship Walk. Last year, more than 300 people joined their family members, friends, coworkers, and children. Some even brought their dogs! (Strollers allowed. Well-behaved dogs on a leash, are welcome.)

To join the Boston walk, visit: iocdf.org/walkBoston

Walk in Sacramento

Sacramento LogoThe 2nd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Northern California on Saturday, June 6, 2015. All proceeds from the Walk will support programs of both OCD Sacramento and the IOCDF. The walk will take place at Southside Park, a popular park in downtown Sacramento located just blocks from the State Capital. (Strollers allowed. Well-behaved dogs on a leash, are welcome.)

To join the Sacramento walk, visit: : iocdf.org/walkNorCal

Walk in Atlanta

Atlanta LogoWe are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Walk. The 1st Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta on Saturday, June 6, 2015, co-sponsored by the IOCDF and OCD Georgia. The Walk will take place at beautiful Chastain Park, the largest city park in Atlanta. Walkers will enjoy beautiful scenery as they walk along the park’s 5k walking path. (Strollers allowed. Well-behaved dogs on a leash, are welcome.)

To join the Atlanta walk, visit: iocdf.org/walkAtlanta

Walk in Your Community

Virtual LogoEven if you can’t attend the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta walks, you can join the walk “virtually” by setting up a fundraising page and pledging to walk for OCD between now and June 6th. This can be something you do on your own such as your daily morning walk or run, or you can gather a team of friends and family to walk with you at a local park or school on June 6th to coincide with the walks in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta.

New this year! Our Virtual Walk Kit has everything you need to get your Walk started. The kit includes a Walk T-shirt for you, stickers for all of your local walkers, a pedometer to help you plan your route, and fliers and a handout template (PDF) to help promote your walk around town!

Joining the Virtual Walk is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Go to iocdf.org/virtualwalk and click “Join” to get started. You can choose to “Register” for $25 to receive your own Virtual Walk Kit. Or you can skip this step and click “Start” to create your own walk page for FREE and start raising funds for the IOCDF.

2. Join or create a fundraising team to walk and raise awareness with, while also raising funds to support the IOCDF.

3. Join us in your community anywhere in the world on June 6, 2015, and walk with us in spirit as we take 1 Million Steps 4 OCD.

And don’t forget to tell us about your walk! Tweet or Instagram pictures of your walk using the hashtag #1Million4OCD and mention @IOCDF.

Register to become a “virtual walker”, or register to participate in the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta Walks on June 6, 2015! 


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Join us for the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk on June 6, 2015!

When we held our first 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston in 2013, we were awed to see how quickly and enthusiastically the community came together to make that first event a success. After that initial walk, the IOCDF decided to set an ambitious goal to add a new walk in a new city each year. In 2014 we introduced a new walk on the West Coast in Sacramento, CA, and this year we are proud to announce that we have another new walk in the Southeast in Atlanta, GA!

Kid-Bos-WalkJust imagine what it will look like to see thousands of people walking together around the world to raise awareness for OCD and related disorders and to shatter stereotypes and misunderstanding. But, of course, we realize that we cannot achieve this goal on our own. We will need to rely heavily on the commitment of our walkers, donors, and members of the OCD community to make this dream a reality — will you walk help us achieve this goal?

On June 6, 2015, the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk will take place in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta, as well as at grassroots walks in communities across the globe and we hope you will be walking next to us.

By joining the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk, you are helping to raise awareness and funding for the OCD programs at the International OCD Foundation, OCD Sacramento, and OCD Georgia. By walking together as a community, we will make a powerful statement about our shared commitment to help people living with OCD. We will help raise the dollars that make it possible for the IOCDF to develop, fund, and facilitate much-needed programs — programs that improve the lives of individuals and families and provide hope for many. And by talking about the walk on social media, and with our friends, families, and colleagues, we will also be helping to educate, spread awareness, reduce stigma and bring important attention to mental heath disorders such as OCD.

Remember — you don’t have to walk alone!

There is a popular adage that applies perfectly to the walk: “The more the merrier.” By creating or joining a walk team, you are able to band together with friends and family to rally support for this great cause.

Each year we see so many enthusiastic teams at the walks. For example, in Boston last year, a group of dedicated co-workers from Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island designed their own unique Walk T-shirts and walked together around Jamaica Pond as a group of 47 individuals committed to OCD Awareness! Likewise, the Cormier family from Massachusetts created a Walk Team that was 20 people strong: They made their own T-shirts and carried signs as they walked around Jamaica Pond, making the day into a family outing enjoyed by everyone. In 2014 alone, there were 33 Walk Teams in Boston, 16 teams in Sacramento, and 13 teams of walkers who hosted Walks in their own community. Walk teams can fundraise together, set their own team goals, and walk together at the event. We will even have special prizes for the largest walk team at each walk!

The more visible we become the more we will create change. Help us be part of changing how others view OCD and related disorders. Join us on June 6, 2015 and be part of #1Million4OCD!BOS-Shirt-Mockup

Are you collecting the commemorative Walk T-shirts?

One of the most common questions I receive during Walk season is, “How can I get a Walk T-shirt?” All walk registrants who make a minimum donation of $25 receive a T-shirt.

Ready to walk? Here’s how to register:

1. Go to iocdf.org/walk and select which walk you want to register for
2. Create your fundraising page and raise a minimum of $25 in order to qualify for your Walk T-shirt.
3. Create or join a walk team and start fundraising and recruiting more people to join the walk!

Walk in Boston

Boston LogoThe 3rd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston takes place on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  For the third year in a row, members of the OCD community, including individuals with OCD, family, friends, co-workers and treatment providers will gather at Jamaica Pond for our flagship Walk. Last year, more than 300 people joined their family members, friends, coworkers, and children. Some even brought their dogs! (Strollers allowed. Well-behaved dogs on a leash, are welcome.)

To join the Boston walk, visit: iocdf.org/walkBoston

Walk in Sacramento

Sacramento LogoThe 2nd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Northern California on Saturday, June 6, 2015. All proceeds from the Walk will support programs of both OCD Sacramento and the IOCDF. The walk will take place at Southside Park, a popular park in downtown Sacramento located just blocks from the State Capital. (Strollers allowed. Well-behaved dogs on a leash, are welcome.)

To join the Sacramento walk, visit: : iocdf.org/walkNorCal

Walk in Atlanta

Atlanta LogoWe are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Walk. The 1st Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta on Saturday, June 6, 2015, co-sponsored by the IOCDF and OCD Georgia. The Walk will take place at beautiful Chastain Park, the largest city park in Atlanta. Walkers will enjoy beautiful scenery as they walk along the park’s 5k walking path. (Strollers allowed. Well-behaved dogs on a leash, are welcome.)

To join the Atlanta walk, visit: iocdf.org/walkAtlanta

Walk in Your Community

Virtual LogoEven if you can’t attend the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta walks, you can join the walk “virtually” by setting up a fundraising page and pledging to walk for OCD between now and June 6th. This can be something you do on your own such as your daily morning walk or run, or you can gather a team of friends and family to walk with you at a local park or school on June 6th to coincide with the walks in Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta.

New this year! Our Virtual Walk Kit has everything you need to get your Walk started. The kit includes a Walk T-shirt for you, stickers for all of your local walkers, a pedometer to help you plan your route, and fliers and a handout template (PDF) to help promote your walk around town!

Joining the Virtual Walk is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Go to iocdf.org/virtualwalk and click “Join” to get started. You can choose to “Register” for $25 to receive your own Virtual Walk Kit. Or you can skip this step and click “Start” to create your own walk page for FREE and start raising funds for the IOCDF.

2. Join or create a fundraising team to walk and raise awareness with, while also raising funds to support the IOCDF.

3. Join us in your community anywhere in the world on June 6, 2015, and walk with us in spirit as we take 1 Million Steps 4 OCD.

And don’t forget to tell us about your walk! Tweet or Instagram pictures of your walk using the hashtag #1Million4OCD and mention @IOCDF.

Register to become a “virtual walker”, or register to participate in the Boston, Sacramento, or Atlanta Walks on June 6, 2015!