Treating the whole child with an integrative approach to pediatric
healthcare. We support music therapy programs in children’s
hospitals as well as medical research in childhood leukemia.
The Peterson Family Foundation's Focus:
Music Therapy and Childhood Leukemia Research
Our primary mission is to seek out and support experts and institutions dedicated to enhancing and improving the lives of children and teens afflicted by life-threatening and life-long diseases.
To support the whole child, we believe in an integrated approach to healthcare. We support medical research into childhood leukemia as well as music therapy programs to improve psychological and emotional well-being.
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The hospital often focuses on what’s wrong, a problem the doctor needs to fix. Music therapy brings out the child’s abilities and gives them something to accomplish that emphasizes their talents and successes.
Oliver Jacobson, Music Therapist
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco
Music therapy utilizes the power of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual self to improve overall health. Music therapy treatment uses music to reduce a patient’s pain and anxiety, provides an opportunity for self-expression through songwriting and recording or non-verbally through instrumental music making, organizes coordinated movement in rehab, and reduces stress through guided relaxation, music listening and instrumental improvisation.
Since 2003 we have given $525,000 to support research and treatment for childhood leukemia
We support the pioneering research of Dr. Mignon Loh MD, the division chief of the pediatric hematology/ oncology fund, and Dr. Kevin M. Shannon, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF. Our support continues to fund current leukemia research. This research is critical to improving treatment outcomes and clinical care.
The Peterson Family Goal
Our hope is that we can make things better for those on the difficult journey towards healing. Inspired by Karen Peterson’s spirit of kindness and empathy, one of the ways we achieve this goal is by bringing music therapy to kids across the US and Europe whose illnesses require a hospital stay.
Learn More About Us
We're committed to supporting organizations and programs that are passionate about both patient care and scientific advancement. In addition to supporting hospitals as they expand their music therapy programs, the Peterson Family Foundation also works with programs that focus on pediatric leukemia and diabetes.
To find out more about the Peterson Family Foundation and how we’re enhancing, restoring and improving people’s lives with music, please visit our About Us page and Our Focus page. If you’d like to make a difference and help bring music therapy to more hospitals around the country, please contact us or consider making a contribution.