Dr. Peter Cox is on the ride of his life: cycling across Africa to raise money for children born with cleft lip and palate.
Peter Cox has assisted thousands of families across Ontario throughout his career as an Intensive Care Physician Sick-kids Hospital, where he directed one of the leading Critical Care Units in the world for over 30 years.
Peter is marking the end of this chapter of his career in an exceptional way: riding his bicycle over 12,000km, from Egypt to South Africa, in support of children born with a cleft lip and palate.
➔ On January 17, Peter began his ride from Cairo, Egypt. Currently, Peter is cycling through Ethiopia, with plans to reach Cape Town, South Africa in May.
Along the way, he has updated friends, colleagues and his former patients alike about his adventures through a blog: www.transformingfaces.org/peter-cox
“I’ve been the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for many years. I have had the privilege of caring for some of the sickest children on the planet, in one of the most sophisticated, high-tech critical care units in the world. I’m now ready to move on to the next stage of my career. To mark this transition, I am embarking on an adventure that combines two of my passions: healthy, smiling children and cycling.”
Peter has already raised over $120,000 in support of Transforming Faces (TF), a registered Canadian non-profit that delivers comprehensive care to children born with cleft, and their families.
ABOUT CLEFT LIP AND PALATE
Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world, affecting approximately one in 700 children. A cleft (or opening) occurs when the tissues in a baby’s lip and/or roof of their mouth (palate) do not form properly during pregnancy. Beyond physical appearance, a cleft can cause complications including difficulty feeding, hearing, speaking, developing socially and more. Most children born with cleft lip and palate will require long-term, comprehensive care to address the challenges they face in speech, oral health, hearing, nutrition and self-esteem.
ABOUT TRANSFORMING FACES
Transforming Faces works with local partners across Asia, Africa and the Americas to deliver comprehensive cleft care to children and families. 100% of every dollar Peter has raised is helping provide essential services to families in Africa, including: newborn.