Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan want to rid the world of disease, and they've just pledged $3 billion over the course of the next decade toward curing, preventing and treating diseases via the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, USA Today reports.
This coincides with a pledge the couple made after their daughter Max was born to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charity, philanthropic efforts and public advocacy.
On Wednesday, Dr. Chan, who is a pediatrician, gave an emotional and personal speech to announce this health initiative at an event in San Francisco. She said,
The couple realize their goal is lofty, and don't believe they can fully eradicate disease from the world.
As Chan put it,
Chan and Zuckerberg will collaborate with scientists, doctors, engineers and universities as they strive toward this bold, but benevolent, goal.
The $3 billion initiative is to be led by Cori Bargmann, a neuroscientist at Rockefeller University in New York.
In Zuckerberg's words,
But he doesn't think this will happen overnight,
Zuckerberg also posted about this on Facebook.
The initiative's first project will be the Biohub, a $600 million investment that will bring scientists together from UC San Francisco, Stanford University and UC Berkeley.
According to Forbes, Zuckerberg is worth an estimated $55.8 billion. It's nice to see him putting some of that money to good use.