The Foundation

We are thrilled to partner with the Peterson Family Foundation to bring the healing power of music therapy to a new level with some very sick children, teens and their families.  The music therapists in the Peterson Family Foundation Music Therapy Program help our patients make meaning out of very difficult situations.  With their help, patients are learning about music, experiencing live music, performing it themselves on their own or in groups and even composing and recording music that will help them understand a life threatening experience for the rest of their lives.
Michael Towne, Manager, Child Life Services, Peterson Family Foundation
Music Therapy Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco

Jeff and Julee Benioff

Jeff and Julee Peterson tour the Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay during its construction phase.

Peterson Family Foundation’s Mission

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.

Peterson Family Foundation’s Vision

Good health is a tremendous blessing, and includes both the body and soul, which is why we strive to enhance and improve the lives of those staying in hospitals by increasing and supporting music therapy programs worldwide as well as cutting edge Leukemia Research. We aim to provide patients – especially children and teens – with strong, vital, satisfying lives by facilitating care that includes the arts along with science and medicine.


Music Therapist, Oliver Jacobson composes a song with a young patient in the Peterson Family Foundation’s Music Therapy studio, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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Current Focus

At the present, our focus is sustaining and creating pediatric music therapy programs, as well as funding childhood leukemia research. Through an integrative approach to healthcare, we are bringing together music therapy and cancer research to support all aspects of treatment.

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