The Peder Hedberg Foundation supports Christian camping and work that values and uplifts children with disabilities.
The Peder Hedberg Foundation grew out of the experience of his death. Peder was full of life until he was struck with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Cholangiocarcinoma. It was during a trip to Florida that Peder’s dad, Paul, learned that Peder’s cancer had spread and it appeared his life would be shortened. Walking the beach the question “Where do dreams go?” kept recurring. At first Paul was concerned about his own dreams for Peder, but then those thoughts moved to Peder’s dreams. After Peder died and the family experienced such a tremendous outpouring of love and support from so very many people, they asked friends and family what they thought Peder’s dreams were. Because of those responses and discussions, his family decided to establish The Peder Hedberg Foundation. The support has been amazing! We learned during the first year how many lives Peder touched…..people of all ages and many walks of life, but especially children.
The foundation has a board of twelve who work to oversee the use of these funds. In the first year of its existence, The Peder Hedberg Foundation distributed $10,000 to two organizations where Peder worked with children. SSSRA (South Suburban Special Recreation Association) is a collective of Park Districts in the Chicago area, which works with children with disabilities and special needs. Pilgrim Pines is a Christian camp and conference center in New Hampshire where Peder met many people there who changed his life and we have learned he had a tremendous impact on their lives as well. Funds have been raised through the initiatives of the foundation board but others have also sponsored their own events to help the foundation grow.