Starting April 24, Denis Asselin will begin a 500 mile walk from Cheyney, PA to Boston, MA. Denis is walking in honor of his 24 year-old son, Nathaniel who took his own life after a 13-year struggle with BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). The route will include stops at hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and treatment facilities that were part of Nathaniel’s journey, as well as places of joy such as The Bryn Mawr Birth Center, Goshen Friends School, The Shipley School, Westtown School (where he was a student, teacher and coach), and the Good Fellowship Ambulance and EMS unit where he often volunteered.
Denis hopes to raise awareness about BDD and OCD and to generate funds for desperately needed research. By finding better treatment and raising awareness, we can offer to others the hope that Nathaniel needed and so richly deserved. To support the walk, friends and family are creating their own events, some are joining him on short segments of the walk, and many are contributing to the IOCDF to transform Nathaniel’s suffering and his family’s pain into new possibilities for others.
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