Center Moriches steps up to support triathlete diagnosed with brain cancer


Center Moriches neighbors are rallying around a family struggling with a recent brain cancer diagnosis, raising nearly $13,000 and organizing a “Meal Train” that’s making it easier to keep food on the table during their difficult time.

Scott Leslie, 50, a triathlete raising two sons with his wife Erica, was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma. He has just started radiation and chemotherapy treatments after having surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, according to a Meal Train post.

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Leslie has completed in several full-distance, Iron Man triathlons. In 2015, he competed in the Challenge Roth triathlon in Germany and through a GoFundMe page raised over $4,500 for the family of a 6-year-old Center Moriches girl who was battling an aggressive brain tumor.

Busy months ahead

The Meal Train post for Leslie says Leslie’s calendar is filled with doctor appointments as he continues his battle against cancer. It notes how “Scott is a great friend to many and a very active member of the Center Moriches community.”

“I wanted to thank our community, friends and family for the incredible support that you have shown our family,” Erica Leslie said, in a message posted to the Meal Train page. “We are so grateful and please know that each of you has made an impact in our lives.

“You have shared meals, donations and time to make things more bearable for us,” her message continued. “We have a long, difficult road ahead, but you all have given us a reason to fight and persevere.”

Donors have pledged $12,755 as of noon on Tuesday, Nov. 23. More than 100 people had made donations.

“Stay strong Ironman, stay strong,” one donor wrote. “Much love to you and your family.”

Top photo: Scott Leslie (far right) with his wife Erica and their sons, Colin and Caden (