For me, Walking Denis, to walk is to move forward. That’s the genesis of 1 Million Steps 4 OCD, a sequel to my 2012 525-mile pilgrimage from PA to MA a year later. Brain disorders like OCD tend to paralyze and wreck lives. They break down spirit, rob sufferers of friends, destroy family life, and strip you of human dignity. It takes forward momentum, physically, psychologically, and spiritually, to break its cruel grips. Walking offers that precious relief. Down and through the very soles of your feet, each step forward literarily grounds your body, fortifies your resolve and gives you a sense of regaining control. When we gather for the Annual OCD Walks, we choose to do something. We decide to be agents of change. Given the nature of OCD, it’s too easy to simply withdraw, hide and socially disappear. At each Annual Walk I say, “No!” to OCD, not only to myself, but also publicly to those around me. My son Nathaniel walks with me, my family and our walking team. And then, as if by magic, we discover the power of a gathered community of likeminded folks. I discover you. You encounter me. No further explanations needed. With each step forward together we build a special community and find comfort and support in each other. That’s why I’m here; that’s why I participate. I need folks like you to be with me. You understand my journey and I get to honor yours. Together we find strength, resolve, and a renewed sense of purpose to keep moving forward. Let's see how far we can go.