Tony Perello’s Daughter Inspires Donation of Millions for Neurological Research

Anthony Vega published an article titled “Tony Petrello’s Inspired Path to Philanthropy” in September on the Weekly Opinion website. Vega recognizes that often miracles are caused by moments of difficulty, and that is exactly what happened when Tony Petrello’s daughter was born.

Tony Petrello’s baby was born premature, at only 24 weeks weighing only 1 ¼ pounds. Her birth signified a significant shift in Tony Petrello’s priorities. His daughter’s premature birth led to the development of PVL, or periventricular leukomalacia. The disorder prevents adequate oxygen and normal blood flow from getting to the brain. The disorder eventually led her to develop cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that prevents normal development and makes motor skills difficult to gain.

However, the main hardship for the Petrello family wasn’t the neurological disorder. The main problem for the family was the lack of research and treatment available for children with it. Despite Petrello’s privileged position as a member of the Board on the Texas Children’s Hospital, his research into the disease was disappointing. Most neurological studies were conducted on adult brains. Of course, this was distressing and hard for the parents who were seeking to do the best by their child.

Instead of being disheartened, it inspired Tony Petrello to shift the focus. Tony began to see the positive aspects of making a difference and on his ability to create an impact for his daughter and other children like her. He donated more than $7 million dollars to the Texas Children’s hospital to support the research into the variety of neurological disorders, including ADHD, down syndrome and cerebral palsy. These illnesses require more investigation and research in Mr. Petrello’s opinion.

Anthony Petrello’s philanthropic endeavors extend beyond the medical realm, however. They also extend into the world of academia. As a student at Yale, Tony Petrello became close to one of his mathematics professors. The recent death of the professor inspired Tony Petrello to donate a gift with a guarantee of matching contributions up to $150,000.00 for students.

Tony Petrello become one of the top paid CEOs in the country working with Nabors Industries. Nabors Industries is a leading international drilling company. He has two mathematics degrees, a B.S. and an M.S. from Yale University. He finished his education at Harvard where he obtained his J.D.

Tony Petrello moved to Texas in 1991 when he joined Nabors as the Chief Operating Officer. He quickly climbed the ranks becoming the Deputy Chairman and later the President and CEO of the Company.

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