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Anthony Petrello- Journey To Creation Of The First Neurological Research Center In Texas

Tony Petrello is a philanthropist and a prominent CEO in the oil and natural gas drilling industry. He is a husband and father to a daughter named Carena. His wife is named Cynthia. In the 1990s, they had the joy of welcoming their baby daughter, Carena. Being their first born, they were excited that finally, they would be parents raising up a kid who they have wished to emulate them.

The CEO was ready to give his daughter the best upbringing. He did not want her to face the challenges that he faced when he was growing up, being born in a humble family came with a set of challenges. Carena was lucky his parents had worked hard to provide her with the bests things in life.

When Carena was born, the joy the anticipated was nowhere to be seen. First of all, she was born prematurely, weighing 20 ounces. At the same time, she developed a condition known as Cerebral Palsy. This condition affected his whole body. While growing up, she could not eat solid foods until she reached seven years old.

Read more: Tony Petrello Helps to Launch the Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital

Cerebral palsy normally affects the movement of body muscles. Mostly its effects include the inability to talk and walk. The muscles are normally too stiff to move. Generally, a victim of this problem suffers from lack of coordination.

After seeing the hard life their daughter was going through, Tony and Cynthia Petrello decided that it would be important to start something that could offer a solution to their daughter and other children suffering from. Anthony Petrello has a history of being a hard worker and someone who does not give up. When he decided to start an initiative that would see a solution for neurological disorders in children invented, he went full throttle, providing all he could, to one of the research centers in Texas.

There is a facility at the Texas Children’s Hospital known as Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Tony Petrello identified this facility as the one which he would support. He contributed $5 million and a promise of adding another $2 million. The hospital put the funds towards the development of the research center to support research work on neurological disorders in children.

This facility is fully operational and offers medical solutions to children from all over the world. The doctors in this facility continue to research on what is the root cause of some neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy.

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