BENEFITING: International OCD Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jun 06, 2015
At the age of eight years old I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulisve Disorder. I have spent lots of time in various treatment centers, hospitals, and mental health programs (including the intensive OCD program at Bradley Hospital.) Over the past five years, I have learned to overcome my fears and cope with my weaknesses. It wasn’t an easy journey and I wouldn’t have been able to make it alone, but thankfully my family, friends, and strong team of doctors stood by my side the whole time. At first, I wasn’t comfortable talking about it and I never wanted people to find out I had severe OCD. Now, I realize that not only do I need to stop hiding my true self, but I need to spread awareness for this commonly forgotten mental illness. After I saw how many other kids in the world that OCD affects, I felt it was my responsibility as a recovering patient to lend a hand.
My family is especially thankful for the support and help we received from the Bradley Hospital Intensive OCD Program.
Abbe Garcia wrote -
We invite everyone in New England to join us for the 3rd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston at Jamaica Pond on June 6th, 2015. Bring your family members, coworkers and friends and join us to help raise awareness about OCD and related disorders in our community, while we raise funds to support the important work of the IOCDF. The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is the first grassroots visibility and fundraising campaign to spotlight OCD on a national level. Join us and be part of #1Million4OCD, a movement of people advocating and raising awareness about OCD and related disorders! Take a step and join #1Million4OCD.
WHERE: Jamaica Pond- 507 Jamaicaway, Boston, MA
WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Opening Ceremony: 9:30am
Walk Start: 10am