Mark Zuckerberg attendes Mobile World Congress 2015

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, announced that they will donate $3 billion to end disease.  The large donation will not end all disease over night, they understand it will take a lot of time, but they believe their efforts can help make diseases more manageable and less life threatening.

The couple married in 2012, and welcomed their first child into the world, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, in November of 2015.  Their little one may have been the inspiration for the donation, as they said they would like to see a decline in disease within their child’s lifetime.

The $3 billion donation will go to the National Institutes of Health, who research causes, treatments, and prevention of a wide array of diseases.  The NIH will spend around $32 billion in 2016 on disease research and prevention, which is nearly three times as much money as the CDC and FDA will spend combined.

Read more on the story and watch Priscilla Chan speak on the donation here.

 

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