The first impression of an oil executive is usually one of voracity, indulgence and a destroyer of mother earth. But there is one man who has put his wealth where his heart is. Anthony Petrello, also known as Tony, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nabors Industries, Ltd. and a member of the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.
Mr. Petrello earned a B.S. and M.S. degree in mathematics from Yale University and then went on to earn a J.D. from Harvard Law School. After Harvard, he went to work for Baker and McKenzie, a law firm in New York specializing in international arbitration, taxation and general corporate law. Five years after he was made managing partner in the law firm, he left the firm to become President of Nabors Industries, Ltd.in Houston, Texas; one of the world’s largest gas and oil drilling contractors dealing in national and international markets.
Six years later, he and his wife, Cynthia Petrello were blessed with a baby girl, who would change their lives forever. Born after only 24 weeks and weighing 20 ounces, Carena was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia or PVL, a disorder found in premature infants caused by lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. After several successful surgeries to save her heart and her vision, she was stricken with cerebral palsy, a result of PVL. She would be dependent on someone to take care of her for the rest of her life. With no hope of a cure, Anthony Petrello began researching childhood neurological diseases. He was stunned when he learned that there were some places that focused on brain research for adults, but there was very little to no research and knowledge associated with children.
He found the answer at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston Texas. Tony and his wife presented the hospital with a 5 million dollar donation, with a commitment of 7 million dollars to start the Neurological Research Institute. It is there that they hope to one day find a cure.
Tony and Cynthia want their daughter and every other child who has been stricken with this debilitating disease to reach their full potential. That is why they are fully committed to NRI and to fundraising efforts to continue the research that is so vital. To Tony and Cynthia, every day is a miracle when they witness their little girl accomplish another developmental milestone.
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