Our Focus

The Peterson Family Foundation wants to support programs committed to the care, treatment and quality of life for people. Here are two areas on which we’re currently focused:

Music Therapy

Our patients come to us during difficult times in their lives. Hands-on music-making offers them a way to work through the emotions that accompany illness or injury. For children of all ages, creative expression is a powerful source of comfort and connection while they are away from home
Mark Laret, CEO, Peterson Family Foundation Music Therapy Program at UCSF Medical Center & UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals


We strongly believe music therapy is important to implement alongside modern medicine. Good health encompasses both the body and soul; through music, children hospitalized are able to express themselves and invest in their mental and emotional health.

Visit our Music Therapy page to learn more, including how this treatment promotes wellness, manages stress, reduces pain, increases memory and more.


Pediatric Diabetes

The Peterson Foundation initially turned its focus to pediatric diabetes because it’s an illness Eric Peterson struggled with for years. Ten percent of those diagnosed with diabetes each year have Type 1, or juvenile diabetes. The good news is it’s manageable; we aim to be a beacon of hope for families learning how to live with juvenile diabetes by recommending and partnering with organizations making strides in the field.

Visit our Pediatric Diabetes page to learn more about the disease and for helpful resources.

Learn More

To find out more about us, please visit our About Us page to learn more about our history, why we began the foundation and our Board of Directors. Please also consider making a contribution that will directly help bring music therapy to those in need.