Anthony “Tony” Petrello is best known as the CEO of Nabors Industries, one of the world’s largest providers of oil drilling equipment across the globe. However, he is also helping lead the fight to advance neurological research for children and is focused on bringing that innovative research to the Texas Children’s Hospital.
Tony Petrello and his wife, Cynthia, gave birth to their daughter Carena, who was born early at 24 weeks. Carena weighed only 20 ounces at the time and was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia or PVL. This neurological disease is, unfortunately, a common one that is need with infants born prematurely, as they often lack blood flow or oxygen to their bran at that early of a stage. Carena developed cerebral palsy which great impaired her development as well as many of her motor skills.
Both Cynthia and Tony Petrello are very hard working and driven people. To be faced with a problem that they could not solve and that the doctors could not solve was an extremely difficult struggle. But the couple vowed to do all they could to push neurological research forward. To date, they have donated a total of $7 million dollars to the Texas Childrens Institute Center for Neurological Research. They also donate their time and efforts to spearhead research in the community and to continue raising awareness. Their hope is to bring the latest and most advanced research and techniques to Texas.
If Tony Petrello’s drive in business is any indicator, that research push could become a reality. Petrello has always been known as incredibly driven. His college roommate even spoke about his calm and quiet drive and said he was the type of person that just continued to push himself no matter how high he climbed. Petrello joined Nabors Industries in 1991 after already pushing himself to become managing partner of an elite law firm’s New York office. To know more click here.