Through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, doctor/educator Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to make the world a better place for their nearly one year-old daughter and future generations. As part of this pledge they have come up with an extremely ambitious initiative that also has little Max in mind. The philanthropists announced they would invest three billion dollars over the next ten years to cure, prevent, or manage the world’s diseases during the lifetime of their daughter. Among the first planned efforts include the construction of a $600 million research center that will bring scientists and engineers together, and the hiring of a vetted expert in genetics and neuroscience. The Chan/Zuckerberg family said they will continue to invest more money over coming decades and stress that the initiative is taking the long-view, acknowledging, “it will take years for these tools to be developed and longer to put them into full use.” Citing information that four kinds of diseases cause the majority of all deaths, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative believes that a combined effort between scientists and engineers will lead to technological and scientific breakthroughs than can change how diseases are prevented, treated, and even cured. As there are plenty of rotten diseases in the world today, we wish the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative luck and look forward to the potential of a healthier, brighter future for everyone.
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