Blazers Owner Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million To Tackle Deadly Ebola Virus

10.24.14 4 years ago
Paul Allen

Paul Allen (Joe Nicholson, USATODAY)

Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen recently donated $26 million to help curb the sweeping, deadly impact of Ebola. A few days later, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder has quadrupled his efforts – he’s pledging an additional $100 million.

From The New York Times:

“Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me,” Mr. Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, said in a telephone interview on Thursday…

We’re up against an extremely tough opponent here,” he said. “The exponential nature of the growth of this disease is really a challenge — we’ve already seen in the U.S. where one case quickly became two.”

Allen also created a website, TackleEbola.com, that allows individuals to make specific donations to different projects that fight the influence of Ebola. Donors have the choice to contribute to a Medevac fund, implementation of hand-washing stations, protections for children, and many more direct causes.

10,000 people in West Africa have been diagnosed with Ebola; nearly 4,900 have perished. Due to the incredible philanthropic drive of people like Allen, we can help heal those afflicted with Ebola and stop the spread of the virus before it spirals further out of control.

Will you join with Allen and Tackle Ebola?

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