Peter Thompson Appointed to Cook Family Fund Board Of Directors

Filed Under: Non Profit News

The Cook Family Charitable Fund (, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those struggling from substance use disorder, cancer and intellectual disabilities by helping to eliminate financial barriers that may impact their journeys, has appointed Peter Thompson of Braintree as a member of the organization’s board of directors.

In this role, Thompson will work closely with co-founder Peter A. Cook, Sr. and Executive Director Trudy Avery to help expand the organization’s mission.

Thompson, a Braintree businessman and resident, understands all too well the effects of substance use. He and his wife, Heather, lost their son Ryan to the disease 10 years ago. As a result of this tragedy, the Thompsons have focused their energies on doing everything they can to help other families. Ryan’s favorite expression that he was “a good kid with a bad disease,” has inspired Peter and Heather’s belief that the fight against drugs needs a compassionate and not a punitive approach.

Over the years, the Thompson Family has been a key sponsor of the Gavin Foundation, the Cook Family Charitable Fund and One Life at a Time.  In partnership with the Cook Family Charitable Fund, the family has established a scholarship fund to honor Ryan, with a focus on families and individuals who are suffering from substance use disorder.