The struggle to find the answers to life’s great tragedies is an endless battle that can break the hearts of even the strongest among us. Too often for many, this question comes in the form of an unforeseen disease or other medical perplexity that befalls a loved one. For Anthony (Tony) and Cynthia Petrello this tragedy was realized when their daughter Carena was born early at 24 weeks and diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia (PVL).
PVL is a neurological disease affecting many children born prematurely. The disease is caused by an insufficient flow of oxygen or blood to the brain. These children must struggle every day for the developmental standards that other children achieve naturally and even the most basic functions, such as eating and drinking, can be a challenge.
This led Tony and Cynthia Petrello on a search for answers from leading pediatric research institutions all over the world. As it happens, this search eventually led them back to their own home state at the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. The NRI is a ‘first of it’s kind’ research initiative that focuses on neurological disorders affecting children, rather than just adults.
Tony and Cynthia are very inspired by their daughter’s accomplishments and that “at the end of the tunnel, there is some light”.
Tony Petrello has been president, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries since 2011. He began his career at the law firm of Baker and McKenzie, serving as Managing Partner in New York. In 1991 Tony joined with Nabors and served as president and COO until his promotion. He was elected to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board in 1991 and has served as Deputy Chairman since 2003. Tony also serves as director of Stewart and Stevenson LLC, Hilcorp Energy Company and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s Hospital.
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