The Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease

"Taking a Step Toward Awareness"


 

 

After much thought we have decided to retire the Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease. We appreciate all your support to help make this event a success over its eight years. The Walk has raised a total of $430,000, all of which has been donated to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished.

We hope you will continue to fund research efforts and to promote awareness of celiac disease.

Thank you,

Colin Leslie and the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group

 

Why the walk was started

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My name is Colin Leslie. I am currently 23 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 eight years of the walk I have raised over $430,000, all of which I have donated to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. In total, approximately 3000 people have attended one of my walks.