JK Rowling is Funding Research into a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis

J.K. Rowling at the EE BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, Royal Albert Hall, London, Feb 2017. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (8344796pi)

JK Rowling is putting her money where her heart is.

The novelist made a donation of several million pounds last week to help fund multiple sclerosis research.

The disease, which affects the nerves and eventually renders the sufferer incapable of performing even basic functions, is close to home for the 54-year-old author as her mother was a victim, and lost her battle at the age of 45.

The £15.3 million donation to the University of Edinburgh will be used to help create new facilities and fund new research into MS and similar conditions. Funds will also be spent on building new centers at the the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, which was named after the Harry Potter author’s late mother and established after a previous donation in 2010.

“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,” Rowling said.

“I am delighted to now support the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic into a new phase of discovery and achievement, as it realizes its ambition to create a legacy of better outcomes for generations of people with MS and non-MS neurodegenerative diseases.”

Magic comes in all forms.