May 1, 2012
Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications
NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Cheyney, Pa., man is walking from the Philadelphia suburbs to Boston in memory of his son, who died last year at the age of 24 after 13 years of struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Denis Asselin’s journey will take him to places Nathaniel Robert Nicholson Asselin visited before taking his own life. One of those stops is KidsPeace’s Children’s Hospital, where Nathaniel Asselin spent time when he was 11 years old and first began his fight with OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
“It’s simply to revisit the places that Nathaniel walked during his life, some joyous, some not,” Asselin said.
Asselin, who began his journey April 24, expects to arrive at KidsPeace Friday afternoon or Saturday morning to meet with administrators and share his story. To follow his progress, visit http://walkingwithnathaniel.org.
Through his pilgrimage, Asselin is raising funds for the International OCD Foundation. He wants to increase awareness of brain disorders and show how they tax sufferers and their caregivers.
“I want to bring it out of the closet,” he said. “I’m really trying to make visible the invisible.”
Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.