Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 30, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced on Facebook (where else?) on Oct. 14 that they are donating $25 million to help combat the deadly disease that has already infected almost a million people.
Mark Zuckerberg revealed his donation in an emotional new Facebook post, saying, “We need to get Ebola under control. The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point.”
Mark Zuckerberg Fights Ebola: Facebook CEO & Wife Donate $25 Million To CDC
As fear of the infectious disease continues to spread, the Facebook couple has stepped up with a $25 million donation, which will go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and in other areas of the world where Ebola is a threat.
“We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio,” Mark adds.
“We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.” We hope Mark is right!
Mark Zuckerberg: We Hope Our Donation Will Help ‘Save Lives’
Talk about using your money for good! Here is our new hero’s full Facebook post:
Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.
The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.
We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.
Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.
We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.
To learn more about the fight against Ebola: http://www.cdcfoundation.org/ebola-outbreak
So what do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you admire Mark for trying to help combat Ebola? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
— Evan Hosie