Sergey Brin, co-founder of Internet giant Google, announced on his blog that he has a gene mutation that increases his chances of developing Parkinson’s disease. He writes that the discovery has made him more sympathetic to victims of Parkinson’s and that he is likely to donate to research efforts.
“This leaves me in a rather unique position. I know early in my life something I am substantially predisposed to. I now have the opportunity to adjust my life to reduce those odds (e.g. there is evidence that exercise may be protective against Parkinson’s). I also have the opportunity to perform and support research into this disease long before it may affect me. And, regardless of my own health it can help my family members as well as others,” he writes.
At the end of his blog post, he suggests readers visit the Web sites of the Parkinson’s Institute or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for more information.
The personal philanthropy of Mr. Brin, who is worth roughly $15.9-billion according to Forbes magazine, has been somewhat of a mystery. He and his Google partner Larry Page have been quiet about their giving, preferring to explore their philanthropic passions with Google.org, the company’s charitable arm.Return to Top