In one of the biggest contributions of philanthropy by a single person in the history of Texas, Tony Petrello, the CEO of Nabors Industries contributed $5 million to support a medical initiative in Texas. Tony Petrello gave the money to Neurological Research Centre. This research Centre researches neurological disorders in children. This donation is supposed to help the facility create a top-notch medical research that will come up with a solution to help many children who are going through a tough time coping with the challenges created by neurological disorders. Through his donation, the Research Centre is to hire top doctors and surgeons to come up with a treatment solution that indeed works.
The reason why Tony Petrello supports this initiative is to help the society come with a solution that works for a problem that he has faced right at his own house. His daughter was born with a neurological problem which has hindered her growth as a normal child. She has problems learning movements such as chewing, talking and walking. It has taken years of training for her to finally learn how to chew food. New training is focused on having her walk and talk. To Tony Petrello, this challenge has changed the way he used to view life. Today he is more inclined to help people who are in problems. He has learned that sometimes one might have the will to accomplish a task but there are limits to what they can afford. Tony Petrello has been searching for a medical solution for her daughter but has not been successful in any of his attempts.
The problem he is facing is far beyond his capabilities to solve. However, after going around the world looking for a medical facility that could help him, he realized that there was none that could fulfill, his expectations. It was clear to him that what lacked was research in the field of brain research in children.
Tony Petrello together with his wife, Cynthia saw the gap that existed as an opportunity for them to jump in and fill. Since they were largely successful in life, they decided to use their resources and influence to fund the operations of Texas Children’s Hospital which would, in turn, conduct research in this field. Tony Petrello hopes to help thousands of children born prematurely avoid developing neurological disorders and if they do, then there would be a cure for the condition.