Image via WikipediaJ.K. Rowling Makes Large Donation to MS Center
August 31, 2010 09:50 AM EDT
‘Harry Potter’ author, J.K. Rowling has reportedly donated £10 Million to a multiple sclerosis fund to help set up a brand-new research clinic.
Rowling's donation will go toward a new clinic that will be based at the University of Edinburgh. The clinic will be named after the author's mother, Anne, who died in 1990 at the age of 45 from MS.
In a statement about her donation Rowling says, "I have supported research into the cause and treatment of multiple sclerosis for many years now, but when I first saw the proposal for this clinic I knew that I had found a project more exciting, more innovative, and, I believe, more likely to succeed in unraveling the mysteries of MS than any other I had read about or been asked to fund."
This marks the University of Edinburgh's single largest donation it has ever received. This also marks Rowling's largest charitable donation ever. "I truly believe that it is set to become a world centre for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology."
This story goes into the category of people in a position to help out, donating their time and money to initiatives and projects that are very personal in nature. The fact that Rowling is now in the position to provide a research facility that may help find a cure for MS, the disease that took her mother at a relatively young age, makes this all the more personal.