The Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease

"Taking a Step Toward Awareness"

September 28, 2014


Milton School

Rye, New York

9 am to 2 pm



Why the walk was started


My name is Colin Leslie. I am currently 22 years old and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in November of 2005. After being diagnosed, I decided I wanted to make a difference in the Celiac Disease community. I contacted the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and told them that I wanted to host a walk in Rye, NY. They were thrilled and told me to contact the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group for help on how to proceeed. With these two organizations, the first Colin Leslie for Celiac disease was held in 2006, raising $62,471.73 and attracting over 400 walkers. The success of this walk encouraged me to turn it into an annual event. Over the past six years I have raised over $400,000 all of which I have donated to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. In total, approximately 3000 people have now attended one of my walks. I am excited that 2014 marks the eighth year for this event. Besides a scenic walk, the day will also include a gluten free vendor fair and an available-for-purchase gluten free lunch. By hosting this event I hope to bring awareness to a condition which is severely under recognized by the general public. With your help this event will once again be a success. I hope to see you at this year's Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease.

Vendor fair

Such a big part of being a celiac is food. What brings us together better than a good meal with the family, with friends or out at a resturant? For this reason I wanted to bring the highest quality food to the participants of this event. With the event registration you will be granted admission into the vendor fair. Click Here to see what vendors have already signed up for this year's event.