J.K. Rowling is donating millions to fight MS—a disease that has affected her family personally.
The author pledged 15.3 million pounds to the University of Edinburgh, whose MS research facility bears her late mother’s name—that’s more than $18 million.
Rowling’s mother Anne died of complications from MS in 1990 at the age of 45. The “Harry Potter” author originally donated 10 million pounds in 2010 to establish the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. This 2019 donation will help the university build new facilities and continue ongoing research.
“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,” she stated via BBC. “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 has an estimated worth of more than $900 million and a dedicated track record of philanthropy. According to a 2012 Forbes estimate, she once donated approximately $160 million to charity in a single year.