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Zuckerberg’s are Saviours of Humanity

There are many people in this world who have made a lot of money in life, not to the tune of millions but billions and have contributed a major portion of their wealth to the cause of noble and worthy deeds.

These people have a heart of gold and god has blessed them with an untold bounty for their foremost interest has always been for the good of mankind.

They have donated money to education, scientific research, charitable causes, eradication of diseases, housing, tackling famine, Floods, earthquakes and other natural calamities.

A case in point is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has contributed a 100 million dollars for the eradication of polio in the world.

Warren Buffet, the third-richest person in the world has recently given away 2.90 billion dollars to the Gates foundation in the form of stock shares .

Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, has donated another roughly $2.86 billion of his holdings in the company’s stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of his plan to give away nearly his entire fortune.

Buffet has since 2006 contributed a total of 24.3 billion dollars to charity.

The Gates Foundation focuses on improving education and health received 14.96 million shares of the company.

Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, has known Buffett for a quarter century and counts him as a close friend. He is also a Berkshire director.

Buffett typically makes his donations in July, reducing the number of shares by 5% from the prior year.

In yet another development with regard to charitable causes and what can be described as one of the greatest and noblest deeds ever, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $ 3 billion dollars to rid the world of all diseases by the end of the century.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan aim to cure all diseases
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan aim to cure all diseases

The couple has set up the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative to “cure, prevent or manage all disease” by the end of the century which was announced at a news conference at UCSF Mission Bay in San Francisco.

So the question is how do they intend to go about it? How does one get rid of all the malaise in the world?

The 3 billion dollars will go into scientific research to initiate a medical revolution, creating scientific tools based on traditional science and engineering on which all researchers can develop a map of all cell types, a way to monitor blood constantly to detect any signs of early disease.

The Noble couple envisions that all diseases are eradicated by the turn of the century.

The money will also help fund what they referred to as 10 to 15 “virtual institutes” that will bring together investigators from around the world to focus on individual diseases or other goals — an idea that has the potential to upend biomedical science.

Presently being a scientist in academia today can often be a solitary endeavor as the system is set up to encourage colleagues to keep data exclusive in the hopes that this strategy helps them be more competitive at getting publications and grants.

But now the trend will change, and with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like Zuckerberg who are seeking to make their mark in the biological sciences, the power of collaboration and openness is being encouraged.

A “Biohub” will be created in an effort call Chan-Zuckerberg Science at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay campus that will bring together scientists from Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley and UCSF.

The long-term vision of Zuckerberg and Chan, ranked among the world’s 10 wealthiest couples, with a net worth of $55.2 billion, is truly commendable and the world should rise to salute this couple.

Advising patients, the young husband, and wife are well aware that their effort does not mean that all diseases will be eradicated in the world but it will certainly ensure that there is a considerably less sickness in the world.

The Zuckerbergs are not alone in their effort in such a worthy cause. Sean Parker, a Napster co-founder has also donated some 250 million dollars to band together a team of top researchers from around the country to focus on immunotherapy for cancer.

Microsoft’s Paul Allen has already invested $100 million in a cell biology institute to try to create models of the fundamental building blocks of life.

It was unclear how those efforts would collaborate with Chan-Zuckerberg Science, if at all.

Zuckerberg in a magnanimous gesture gave credit to his wife Chan for having guided him on this route. Chan who is a pediatrician, by profession who stole the limelight.

It was a public debut for Chan as she was first and last on stage and in sharp contrast to the robotic presentations there was a human touch to the presentation at such announcements she was moved to tears when talking about the soul-searching that led to the project.

She poignantly recounted what it was like to tell a parent that a child has the devastating diagnosis of leukemia or tell a family that doctors had not been able to resuscitate their child which moved the audience and herself to tears.

“In those moments and at many others, we are at the limit of what we understand about the human body and disease, the limit of our ability to alleviate suffering. We want to push back that boundary,” Chan said.

Chan, who met Zuckerberg when they were students at Harvard and married him in 2012, is a very private and reclusive person for she keeps to herself.

Despite being a billionaire’s wife who could go globetrotting and spend lavishly on the good things in life she shuns media appearances, launch events, and other public and social engagements.

Instead, she preferred to attain her medical degree in 2012, do her residency at UCSF and continues to work as a Pediatrician at San Francisco General. It is no easy sailing to become a doctor in the U.S.A and Chan could have given it all up after marriage but being a strong and humane person she has chosen her path in life.

Philanthropy comes naturally to the Zuckerbergs, During those years, the couple began to ramp up their philanthropy with a mix of traditional grants — $5 million to UCSF Children’s Hospital, $75 million for San Francisco General Hospital, $25 million to the CDC Foundation to fight Ebola — along with a few less conventional projects.

They contributed 100 million dollars to reform the struggling Newark school system but the money was squandered by local politicians’ mismanagement. However, this did not deter the couple but rather motivated them as a lesson and later they gave away 120 million dollars to the San Francisco Bay area and said that they looked at the failures in New Jersey as a learning opportunity.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla-chan with their daughter max
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan with their daughter Max

Max Chan-Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world’s ills.

The couple is more than human as they are serving humanity in such a way they could be best described as god’s angels on earth for their purpose is do good and nothing but good in this world pledging another 45 billion to the world. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative makes their previous grants pale in comparison.

She is now an integral part off of the billionaire spouses philanthropic society or sorority along with Melinda Gates, Microsoft’s Bill Gates wife, for her work with global and women’s health issues. Cari Tuna, a former journalist for the Wall Street Journal and wife of another Facebook co-founder, Dustin Moskovitz, has taken the lead on the couple’s philanthropy.

And Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs of Apple, has recently started to make inroads with efforts in education as well as global conservation and immigration policy.

It is a well-known fact that most people die from five things — heart disease, cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases — and we can make faster progress on these and other problems.

Once we recognize that your generation and your children’s generation may not have to suffer from the disease, we collectively have a responsibility to tilt our investments a bit more towards the future to make this reality. Your mother and I want to do our part.

In formulating their plan for Chan-Zuckerberg Science, the couple said they consulted with numerous scientists and philanthropists, including Gates, who appeared on stage Wednesday to praise the couple’s “risk-taking,” and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, whom Zuckerberg credited with pushing them to view the problem through the lens of computer science.

Cori Bargmann, a neuroscientist, was named a president of science at the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.

The new effort will be led by Cori Bargmann, a neuroscientist at Rockefeller University who was co-chair of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative and is expected to eventually include thousands of researchers throughout the world.

Bargmann said in an interview that the list of target projects is still being worked out but that one major effort will involve infectious diseases.

Zika, Ebola, and other fatal diseases will be tackled on a war footing . Medical Research will be conducted from all over the world.

All one can say that the world should rise and salute the Zuckerberg for they given a whole new meaning to humanity and philanthropy.

The world is indeed blessed to have people like them n the planet.

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