Just before J.K. Rowling finally found success publishing her Harry Potter novels, she went through a tough time. Her mother died at the early age of 45 from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis in 1990. Now, Rowling is continuing her support to help fund MS research.
In 2010, Rowling helped to set up the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh.
Recently, she made a donation of $19 million to help pay for new facilities and research about the illness. MS affects the central nervous system, disrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
The clinic also researches other brain conditions such as motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s and dementia.
“When the Anne Rowling Clinic was first founded, none of us could have predicted the incredible progress that would be made in the field of regenerative neurology, with the clinic leading the charge,” said Rowling. “It’s a matter of great pride for me that the clinic has combined these lofty ambitions with practical, on the ground support and care for people with MS, regardless of stage and type – I’ve heard first-hand what a difference this support can make.”
Rowling continues to honor her mother with donations as large as these to help find a cure for those suffering from MS in the future.