At certain points in our lives, we are all faced with negative incidences that truly test our resolve. How we respond to these incidences, show both our character and humanity. For Anthony Petrello, one such incident was the birth of his daughter, Carena, with PVL (periventricular leukomalacia). As a result, she developed certain developmental delays for which medicine is yet to find cures.Nothing prepares a man for such adversity, most especially a very busy one used to having control. Anthony ‘Tony’ Petrello if the CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board of one of the leading drilling contractor companies in the world, Nabor Industries Ltd. As the company’s leader, he oversees over 29 thousand employees and billions of dollars worth of assets. Even a look through his educational and professional journey shows a man that was always in charge of his destiny. He studied at both Harvard and Yale and had a greatly successful stint as a lawyer with the revered law firm, Baker, and McKenzie. He had almost always achieved the objectives he set out to achieve.
Fortunately, while his role at Nabor significantly occupied Mr. Petrello’s time, it did leave him as a man of means. It would, therefore, have been easy for him to cover the cost of managing Carena’s condition. He, however, made a different decision. A decision that would provide hope, not only for Carena but also for other children facing the same challenges.Mr. Petrello and his wife Cynthia decided to invest their own money in pediatric brain research targeted at finding answers to the problems children diagnosed with PVL have. The two arrived at this decision after searching and failing to find a pediatric research institution in the country that runs a similar program.
After identifying the Jan and Dan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children Hospital as the most appropriate research facility, Anthony and Cynthia donated a substantial $5 million towards the research program. They also committed to raise their donation to $7 and take charge of efforts to raise additional funding and resources.If successful, this research program will positively change the lives of children born with PVL, and their families, all around the world.