The Peckham family has been a part of the Rady Children’s family for many years. Now, with their latest gift, the legacy of the Peckham family will touch the lives of new generations of children and their families.
Gifts from the Peckman family totaling $10 million will support cancer and blood disorder programs and construction of the new Acute Care Pavilion. In recognition of the Peckham family’s extraordinary generosity, the Hematology/Oncology program at Rady Children’s was named the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
The Peckham family spans four decades of caring for San Diego’s children, beginning with Nancy and Peter Peckham’s involvement in 1966. But perhaps their most personal experience occurred when their grandson, Matthew, was diagnosed with cancer in 1994. Matthew is now attending Santa Clara University.
Matthew’s parents, Michael and Lisa, have made an incredible difference in their own right. Lisa founded the Parent Liaison program in our Cancer Care Center and later began H.O.P.E.S. (Hematology/Oncology Parents Extending Support). Michael has become a dedicated leader through his past role as a trustee of Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation and now as a member of the Board of Directors at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.
Beyond providing needed funds, the Peckham family’s gifts represent an enduring commitment to bettering the lives of children. They are a shining example of what makes up the heart and soul of Rady Children’s.