Cynthia and Tony Petrelllo, it is reasonable to state, have a great deal going for them. However, too, despite the fact, each is so markedly talented: their ability to handle adversity has been the true test. The Petrello parents did not anticipate to come across a neurological disorder in their off-spring.
Cynthia Petrello, intimated that the couple have always been able to handle matters well—on their own—which is very true. The two are goal-setters: and this is shown, as it applies to the histories of their lives. However, the two parents were “brought to their knees,” according to Cynthia Petrello, when they realized their child had a neurological disorder. This was a very sad experience: as well as an eye-opener.
Tony Petrello is President and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries. The company is, undoubtedly, the largest drilling contractor, on a global basis. Tony Petrello is also a member of Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.
Mr. Petrello, mentioned, that he and Cynthia researched pediatric research institutions, all across the United States. He said that their investigation included: Harvard, John Hopkins as well as UCLA.
The two concerned parents, also looked at research facilities: on a world-wide basis—including Europe. Tony Petrello, intimated, that a concerned parent hears about clinical trials—as it applies to stem cell research—conducted in the Caribbean and Mexico. He said, further, that a parent with a child possessing a neurological disorder, is willing to take their child, anywhere in the world, even if there is a 2% chance that the child will walk once more or speak one word.
Tony investigated and investigated, some more, such facilities. After a great deal of searching, Tony Petrello came to the conclusion that translational research was the best approach. The objective of translational research is to take the findings of basic research, into the practice of medicine, and come up with meaningful health outlooks and solutions.
Tony, added, that no one was truly practicing translational research. He said that there are a few facilities making it their focus to conduct brain research on adults; however, he was unable to find anything relative, with regard to the research for children. Tony Petrello, concluded, that he believed there was a great need to conduct brain research, as it applies to the needs of the child. Tony believes the need: “spells an opportunity, in way of researching disorders that are relative to pediatric health issues—associated with the brain.” (Tony provided the commentary: however, these are not his words—verbatim.)
Carena was born premature and weighed a mere 20 ounces at birth. She was born twenty-four weeks earlier than expected. She was diagnosed, at the time, with Periventricular Leukomalacia, known by the acronym of PVL. The neurological disease is common in infants that are born premature. Its causation is a lack of oxygen or flow of blood to the Brain. Due to the disease, Carena developed Cerebral Palsy. Her motor skills are greatly impaired. The Petrellos remain committed to their quest in the way of finding answers.
Little Carena, each and every day, allows a miracle to happen, in the lives of the Petrellos. They watch as their eight year old daughter is able to eat breakfast. Cynthia Petrello, mentions that their daughter is a champion. She chewed solid food. She said the process took millions of repetitive chews: however, after a while, her brain registered the mechanism of chewing. Cynthia intimates: “That’s a miracle.” The parents state that such miracles happen as a result of their child’s determination, strength, and by way of her pure heart.
From a philosophical standpoint: Tony and Cynthia believe that they have found that opportunity at Texas Children’s Hospital. They look at Carena—their child, each and every day: thinking, collectively, that they both want to make certain that she, as well as other children, in her predicament, are offered a chance to be all they can be.
Tony says that Carena makes him and Cynthia, and others; as well, know that they are in front of a child, that has been placed in front of them, for a great purpose.
Tony Petrello mentions that he and Cynthia are well supported from their friends and family members. Tony is a pragmatist and mentions that he truly believes that there is true light at the end of the tunnel. He mentions, that there is something that is bound to occur; that is going to make the day better. It is the hope of Tony Petrello and Cynthia Petrello, that by launching the NRI, the day is just around the corner.
Tony Petrello has had a remarkable career and his and Cynthia’s handling of this crisis is something, wherein, many persons must “take heart”. Wonderful caring parents truly do make a marked difference. This is the type of inspiration the leader of Nabors Industries brings to his company each and every day. Now, he is given the challenge of taking that leadership to the community; in asking persons to “open the door,” of pediatric research, in the way of pediatric neurological disorders and the like.
Cynthia Petrello and Tony Petrello provided a lead donation of five million dollars in way of translational and neurological research for children. The couple are committed to providing seven million dollars, in way of the research. They wish to show their commitment by providing the one of a kind research initiative to the world of pediatric medicine.
Notes Regarding Tony Petrello:
Tony Petrello is CEO and President of Nabors Industries.
The company—Nabors Industries Ltd, was established in 1968. Then, it was known as Anglo Energy, Ltd. The company is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. It is an S&P 500 oil, natural gas and geothermal drilling contractor.
The company, which Tony provides leadership, provides its services throughout the Americas, as well as in the Mid-East, the Far East and even Africa. It provides onshore well service in North America. It provides rigs, too, for offshore oil platform work-over. The company acts as a service provider of onshore oil drilling operations.
Its charter fleet is comprised of twenty nine Marine Vessels, for its offshore operations. It manufactures: top drilling drives, equipment for rig instrumentation; and collection of data, and more.
Nabors Industries owned six hundred ten land work-over and well-servicing rigs, in 2006, within the U.S.; and one-hundred ninety rigs in Canada. Its inventory, too, consisted of forty eight oil platform rigs; nineteen jack-up barge rigs and five barge rigs.
Tony was with the prominent law firm of Baker & McKenzie, from the dates of 1979 to 1991. He became the firm’s Managing Partner; working at the New York office from 1986 to his resignation and departure, as of 1991.
From an academic standpoint, Tony Petrello holds a J.D. Degree from the Harvard Law School. He attained B.S. And M.S. Degrees in Math from Yale University.
Tony Petrello serves as a Director of Stewart & Stevenson LLC. Stewart & Stevenson is a privately held organization, based in America. It is located in the Houston, Texas area. It designs and produces special equipment, as well as aftermarket parts to the oil and gas industries; and other industries. It also provides services to the preceding industries.
He is a Director of Hilcorp Energy Co. Hilcorp was established in 1989. It is one of the largest private oil and natural gas exploration production enterprises in America. It is by far the largest producer of oil within the state of Louisiana. The company is based in Houston, Texas.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s Hospital. Texas Children’s Hospital calls home: Houston Texas. It is a not-for-profit organization.
The mission of the pediatric facility is to provide a healthy future for women and children, worldwide. It wishes to lead, in the way of patient care; educational programs and resources, and research. The hospital is consistently rated as one of the top pediatric hospitals in America.
Tony Petrello advocates research and clinical programs, that specifically address the health issues and needs, of children with neurological disorders.
In conclusion, Mr. Petrello’s boundless determination, and his strength of leadership, regardless of setting, remains an inspiration to all.