Lauren Sussex
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $1,000.00

My Message

My OCD journey began in 2013. In one quick moment my life, and the lives of those close to me changed. I was plagued with intrusive thoughts (persistent, repetitive, unwanted, horrific thoughts and images), and compulsions: reassurance seeking (the excessive need to repetitively ask others for reassurance when ample assurance is evident to others and has already been provided).

OCD is a mental health disorder characterized by obsessions and/or compulsions that are time-consuming, distressing, and/or interfere with normal routines, relationships, or daily functioning. People suffering from OCD experience severe anxiety.

The exact cause of OCD is not known, but it appears to be caused by a combination of psychological, biological, and genetic factors. Experts believe that OCD may be caused in part by neurotransmitters, like serotonin or glutamate, which behave abnormally in certain areas of the brain.

I am walking for myself, all of my family and friends who continue to support me, and for those individuals who are also affected by mental illness.

"One day, you had a thought that didn't seem right to you. It didn't reflect your belief. But it was your thought. Why would you have it without believing it? This disconnect triggered a feeling - not just a mild dissatisfaction but some kind of psychological pain. The more you tried not to think about it, the more the thoughts intruded. You began to see yourself as an imposter. You're not just anxious. There's something sharp jabbing into your mind. But all is not lost. Although your suffering may be great, your ability to change this experience is within your grasp. " - The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

I hope to raise awareness of the challenges associated with OCD, and support Sunnybrook Hospital through the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre who are among the leaders in North America in advancing best treatments for OCD. Through their research, including genetic studies of OCD, we are marching (or walking!) toward a cure.

Please sponsor me in fighting OCD one step at a time in the OCD Walk Toronto 2018.

Event Date
Jun 16, 2018 10:00 AM
Location Name
Sunnybrook Park

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??Pepper and Mia Belle donated $36.00
Jun 15, 2018 10:50 PM
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Michaela, Mike and Wyatt donated $100.00
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Clara Allin donated $50.00
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Bob & Sandy Morrison donated $100.00
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Pam Tanton donated $25.00
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Mandy Rawlings donated $50.00
Jun 5, 2018 8:01 AM
Anne donated $20.00
Jun 4, 2018 7:40 PM
Uncle Frank & Aunt Barb donated $50.00
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Karen and Mark Bruton donated an undisclosed amount
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Kelsey O'Connor donated an undisclosed amount
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Doug Robbins donated $20.00
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Brittany Lavery donated $20.00
May 29, 2018 10:03 AM
Gregg and Andrea Charlton donated $50.00
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Mary Charteris donated $50.00
May 25, 2018 1:06 AM
Anonymous donated $100.00
May 17, 2018 5:45 PM
Mark and Cindy Weaver donated $50.00
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Doug Swant/Joan Burgess-Swant donated an undisclosed amount
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Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 16, 2018 9:37 AM
Jennifer Young donated $50.00
May 16, 2018 9:33 AM
Audrey & Bob Sussex donated $50.00
May 16, 2018 6:49 AM
Mark and Linners donated $106.00
May 15, 2018 9:51 PM
Jack Dowding donated $50.00
May 15, 2018 7:46 PM
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Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
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