Antony Petrello is the Chief Executive and Chairman of the board at Nabors Industries Canada. Apart from being a great entrepreneur, Antony is a family man married to one wife, Cynthia. It hasn’t been easy to balance family life and career but for Anthony, his family has always been his priority and his source of support. Antony and Cynthia were blessed with an adorable baby girl eight years ago, Carena. She was born prematurely at 24 weeks weighing 20 ounces, and she was diagnosed with a neurological disease that is commonly caused by lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain known as Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). Carena is a beautiful, unique child and since her birth, her parents Antony and Cynthia have been devoting their time and resources to look for a solution to their daughter’s condition. Carena developed cerebral palsy that causes a delay in her development something that her parents believed has a cure, and thus they have been looking for answers and hoping that one day their little princess will get better.
Tony and Cynthia have been through this journey for eight years now; they have investigated several pediatric research institutions all over the country in search for a cure for Carena. After a long search for their daughters help in vain, Antony Petrello concluded that if there are places that focus on brain focus for adults, and yet there is none for children then there is a need for translational research on a large scale.
In Texas Children’s Hospital, Tony and Cynthia found the opportunity to make sure that Carena and all other children like her get the chance to reach their full potential. They donated $5 million (with a total commitment of $7 million), and an outstanding personal commitment to lead fundraising efforts as their dedication to bringing this first-of-its-kind research initiative to life. They are also working with Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute in search for their daughter’s treatment.