RCH Paediatrician Mick Creati will cycle over 2,400kms this August to raise money for the Chronic Illness Peer Support Program (ChIPS).
In his own words, Dr Creati shares why he’s working so hard to help young people living with a chronic illness.
Hi, I’m Mick. My two great passions are working with young people and riding my bikes.
I first learned to ride a bike at six years of age and have not stopped since. I rode to school, I rode to university and I continue to ride to work every day, rain, hail or shine. I have seven bikes!
I have worked at the RCH since 1990, initially as a Junior Resident Doctor. Since 2000 I have worked as a Consultant Paediatrician in RCH Adolescent Medicine, where I have treated thousands of young people with a wide variety of chronic illnesses and medical conditions.
Last year I had the opportunity to combine my two passions and rode my bike 4,000km from Perth to Sydney to raise funds for ChIPS. This year I’m cycling solo from Geraldton WA to Uluru in Alice Springs to continue my fundraising for ChIPS.
ChIPS is a fantastic program run by RCH Adolescent Medicine which provides opportunities for young people with chronic illness to participate in social and recreational activities that may otherwise be challenging for them. It also fosters an environment where participants can develop their leadership and advocacy skills.
Over the years, many of my patients have benefited enormously from participating in ChIPS.
ChIPS is fully dependent on donations to continue delivering the excellent support its participants rely on.
Dr Mick Creati
Paediatrician, RCH Adolescent Medicine