J.K. Rowling donates $15mn to medical charity
London, Sep 1, The “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling donated $15 million to a multiple sclerosis charity which will be set up a clinic in the name of her mother who died of the degenerative disease at the age of 45.
“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 unravelling the mysteries of multiple sclerosis than any other I had read about or been asked to fund,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as saying.
“I have just turned 45, the age at which my mother, Anne, died of complications related to her multiple sclerosis,” Rowling said.
“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,” she said.
The Anne Rowling regenerative neurology clinic will be based at the University of Edinburgh and will carry out research into a range of degenerative neurological conditions and diseases including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and motor neurone disease.