Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling recently donated £10,000,000 to multiple sclerosis (MS) research — that translates into more than $15 million U.S. dollars.
The money will go to the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at Edinburgh University which was named for Ms. Rowling’s late mother. The clinic plans to “focus on patient-based studies to help find treatments that could slow progression of the disease, working towards the eventual aim of stopping and reversing it.”
The BBC quotes the author as saying, “I have just turned 45, the age at which my mother, Anne, died of complications related to her MS. I know that she would rather have had her name on this clinic than on any statue, flower garden, or commemorative plaque, so this donation is on her behalf, too; and in gratitude for everything she gave me in her far-too-short life.”
Her mother died before Ms. Rowling completed her work on the first Harry Potter book and never got to enjoy her daughter’s success.
“I cannot think of anything more important, or of more lasting value, than to help the university attract world-class minds in the field of neuroregeneration, to build on its long and illustrious history of medical research and, ultimately, to seek a cure for a very Scottish disease.” – J. K. Rowling (Scotland has one of the highest rates of MS in the world.)
Work at the clinic will also focus on other neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Motor Neurone disease.
Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for your very generous donation. It is a great tribute to your mother and an incredible gift to those of us who live with multiple sclerosis — and to future generations.
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Writer Ann Pietrangelo embraces the concept of personal responsibility for health and wellness. As a person living with multiple sclerosis, she combines a healthy lifestyle and education with modern medicine, and seeks to provide information and support to others. She is a regular contributor to Care2 Causes. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo