My name is Charlie Deese and I am participating in the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk to help raise awareness for OCD and related disorders. The Walk also raises money for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) in support of their work to help everyone affected by OCD and related disorders to live full and productive lives!
Did you know it’s estimated that 1 in 100 adults live with OCD, or roughly the number of people living in the city of Houston, TX? And that in children and teens, estimates are as high as 1 in 200, or about the same number of kids that have diabetes? Despite its prevalence, OCD is often misunderstood and misrepresented in the media, portrayed as a personality quirk or helpful trait that keeps people organized. In reality, OCD is debilitating and severely impacts those living with the disorder, as well as their friends and family.
The IOCDF is the largest non-profit organization focused solely on improving the lives of those impacted by OCD and related disorders. This June, I will join members of the OCD community from across the country — and the globe! — and walk to raise awareness, hope, and funds to support the important programs of the IOCDF and their partnering Local Affiliates.
Thanks for your support!