It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the oil and gas industry is second only to the federal government as being unpopular. In some cases, this is probably true, but there are men and women in the oil industry who because of their philanthropy have made significant contributions to our society. One of those men is Anthony (Tony) Petrello the president of Nabors Industries, the largest land-based drilling company in the world, operating from Houston, Texas.
While he is highly thought of throughout the world for his outstanding work in oil and gas exploration; the tremendous amount of public service he has accomplished garners him equal admiration. Tony is heavily involved in medical issues, particularly when children’s health is concerned, and consequently, has donated significant amounts of money in support of the Houston medical community. Anthony and his wife Cynthia Petrello received the sad news that their newborn daughter suffered from periventricular leukomalacia, an illness associated with premature birth; their daughter Carena was born 24 weeks early. After several operations, Carena’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy was a turning point in Tony’s life and changed everything.
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Anthony began looking into how much research was carried out in childhood neurological diseases; he was appalled by what he found. He discovered there was little research conducted; he was especially troubled by the lack of research into what he calls the DNA arithmetic of illnesses such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.
Rather than sit back and accept the situation Anthony decided to become proactive, he first learned about neurological diseases, wanting to understand what causes these conditions and wondering if there might be better forms of treatment. Soon he gave almost $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital’s neurological research center. He is not only involved financially in the needs of severely impaired children he serves as a trustee for the hospital. Because of his involvement and enthusiasm for the ongoing research conducted at Texas Children’s Hospital, Tony has been able to enlist several of his oil industry colleges, including some of the most successful oil men in the world, to also get involved and support this research.
Anthony Petrello feels the ongoing research at the Texas Children’s Hospital will be beneficial to the millions of children who suffer from neurological disorders.
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