Tony Petrello is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive officer with his company Nabors. However, Tony Petrello’s life goes much deeper than just being a wealthy, successful businessman. Tony Petrello uses much of his wealth and income to make a difference for other people who have experienced a similar situation to what Petrello has experienced. Petrello experienced this situation when he and his wife Jan had a daughter who was born with periventricular leukemia (PVL) which is a common condition in premature babies such as Carena who was born at 24 weeks and weighed a mere 20 ounces (1 pound 4 ounces). This condition meant that Carena had a common neurological condition among premature infants that meant that a lack of oxygen got to her brain during her youngest and most vulnerable days.
PVL caused Tony Petrello’s daughter, Carena, to develop cerebral palsy which results in severely delayed or nonexistent motor skills as well as other developmental delays. However, with some of the best medical care that is available Carena, who is now 8 years old, has been able to master many milestones from chewing solid foods last September to learning to walk and talk recently as well. While these milestones are not remarkable for many 8-year-old children, Petrello could only dream that Carena would be able to do things like this one day. But dreams and miracles are happening for Petrello and his wife Jan every single day and more information click here.
Tony Petrello now gives back his time and money relentlessly too help find a cure for PVL as well as to help other families provide the care for their children that his family has gotten. Petrello has partnered with Texas Children’s Hospital, the institution that helped Carena, and which is backed by the Jan & Dan Duncan Neurological Research institute to relentlessly pursue better lives for other children that have PVL. Petrello donated $5 million of his own money to help the cause with a total of $7 million to be committed all together in the future. This is an outstanding personal commitment from Petrello financially to help to find a cure for other children in the future who need help their families may not always be able to afford as well as to do research to help treat this same condition in the future and learn more about Tony.
Tony Petrello simply says that his motivation behind this is helping other children have the opportunities to experience the same miracles he and his wife Jan get to experience with Carena every day. Petrello believes that every parent deserves these same opportunities for their children. Petrello is providing the funds to help research to make this possible and Tony’s lacrosse camp.