Tony Petrello recently donated $5 million to an initiative dealing with research. He seems to be in a giving mood lately because Tony said that he would be topping up the gift with an additional $2 million in the future. Tony also commits to lead fundraising efforts for the cause; therefore, it is not the only donation he will be making towards the cause.
Tony understands well that life can be a miracle. Tony said that the first miracle he witnessed is the fact that his daughter, Carena, can eat breakfast every morning. Carena is eight years old, and she learned how to chew solid last September. Tony says that it was not that easy because it took several hours of practice, but through determination and strength, Carena has mastered the task. Carena is preparing to master several other projects such as walking and talking. She has a neurological condition that makes it harder for her to learn things that other kids learn as they grow.
Carena was born prematurely. The condition is common in kids born prematurely because the brain lacks enough amount of blood, which leads to lack of oxygen. That explains why Carena developed cerebral palsy, which results to delayed milestones. Tony and his wife Cynthia are committed to finding answers to the issues faced by Carena. That is why Tony and his wife are devoted towards supporting the Texas Children’s Hospital. Their support for this hospital is aimed at ensuring that Carena and other children with this condition grow up achieve their dreams.
The couple has also given other contributions in the past such as the $50 million funding they granted in 2007 to the creation of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Tony Petrello is determined to discover the causes of neurological conditions in children. In support of this cause, Petrello donated $7 million to Texas Children’s Hospital. Tony believes that kids with that condition who are born today will have the opportunity of having better lives through his efforts.
About Tony Petrello
Tony attended Yale University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He also earned his masters of Science degree in mathematics from the same university. Tony is also a holder of a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He started his career at Baker & Mckenzie in 1979. Petrello later became the firm’s managing partner in 1986. Tony is the current CEO of Nabors Industries. It is the leading drilling contractor in the world.