Walk for Celiac Disease in Rye, NY on September 30, 2012

The seventh annual Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease will be held September 30 starting from Rye (NY) High School at 9 a.m. The event raises funds for research on celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. Characterized by diarrhea, weight loss and lack of appetite, celiac disease can lead to intestinal damage and malnourishment if not properly diagnosed and managed.

Participants can choose a two- or four-mile walk route. They can also tour a gluten-free vendor fair with more than 30 vendors, buy a gluten-free lunch, and hear a presentation from Dr. Peter Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. An engine from the Rye Fire Department will be on site for children. All proceeds go to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center.

Colin Leslie, 20, established the annual fundraiser after being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. “I decided I wanted to make a difference in the celiac disease community,” he says. “I contacted the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and told them that I wanted to host a walk in Rye. They were thrilled and told me to contact the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group for help. With these two organizations, we held the first Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac disease in 2006, raising $62,471.73 and attracting over 400 walkers.” To date, the event has raised more than $335,000 and involved more than 3,000 different participants.

For information, to register or to donate, visit ColinLeslieWalkForCeliacDisease.org.


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