One Million Steps for OCD Walk, Austin, TX
October 1, 2022 we got to attend and sponsor the Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Austin, Texas hosted by OCD Texas, an official affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and a nonprofit support and advocacy organization for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.
In 2012, Denis Asselin walked over 500 miles, roughly one million steps from his home in Cheyney, PA to Boston, MA. Denis did this in memory of his son Nathaniel. At just 24 years of age, Nathaniel took his own life after a long battle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. After Nathaniel’s death, Denis decided to honor Nathaniel and raise awareness about the disorder that stole his young son’s life. On June 5, 2012, Denis completed his walk in Boston, and was greeted by friends, family, and members of the OCD community at a special event honoring Denis and supporting OCD and BDD awareness. To carry on this tradition, the One Million Steps for OCD Walk was created the following year in the same spirit of raising awareness, funds, and hope.
This year the Better Living team got to share opening remarks to all the participants, set up a booth to mingle with the guests, and meet other amazing clinicians from all around Austin, Tx. Austin is known for its beautiful lakes, great food, and fitness cultural, and so much more, and of course we explored all these things and more! Join us next year in Dallas, Tx at the 2023 OCD Walk!