Well that is some good news hopefully for the future and I am glad that JK Rowling has been so thoughtful (but she probably can afford it!!)
Thank you for this post, Audrey.
I am a descendant of the clan MacNab (my grandmother was Irene MacNab) and she had autoimmune disorderders including Pernicious Anemia.
Many others of my family have thyroid problems, including me. This all could relate to MS in some way as yet unknown.
It's wonderful to learn that JK Rowling has contributed so much to MS research, as well as to other neurodegenerative diseases.
is that right?
god love that woman. i met her once...at a luncheon she hosted to thank small independent booksellers. even have an autographed copy of the 4th book.
Isn't that great news? Maybe Harry Potter can wave his magic wand and find a cure :)
I was never sure why she stood down as a patron of the MS Society Scotland last year, it was all a bit vague.
I'm not far from Edinburgh so I'll be keeping a close eye on this one.
That is amazing. It always amazes me when someone takes it upon themself to donate such a large amout of money for suck a wonderful cause.
How cool! Everyone gives there money to cancer MS needs a little help.
that's wonderful!! Maybe some will study PPMS
Whooohooo! Great press to keep the spotlight on the research. It's all about the money unfortunately.
Generous acts like this make me feel good that these public figures give back in some way.
I love watching Brad Pitt and the architects rebuilding in New Orleans - it is a great example of philanthropy at a personal best.
And now JK Rowling and this donation - wouldn't it be great if her fans - especially the younger ones - become aware of her interest and commitment?
Thanks for sharing this story.
Good on her. I was only thinking the other day how "unfashionable" some diseases are at different times. MS was big here in the 80s, now it's all breast cancer. IN fact I delberately avoid any breast cancer fund raising stuff because it seems overdone, to the detriment of other things.
Here the breast cancer stuff is all pink. Buy a pink balloon, a pink wrist band, a pink hat, pink this pink that. Then last year, when my cousin (aged 48, female) was disanosed with bowel cancer, I thought, gee, wonder what colour balloons and wrists bands for bowel cancer would be? Smelly brown? Well, there is no obvious bowel cancer fund raising stuff, no one shows pretty women wearing pink and discussing the loss of their feminity when it's all poo-related. ........so I need not have wasted my brain cells wondering. Makes me kind of cross when I think of my poor cousin........
So good on Ms Rowling! I stuck the news article on my Facebook page......
PS why do we hear that MS doesn't kill you, but so many die from "complications"??
"I love watching Brad Pitt........." LOL don't we all!!!!!!!
I'll bet you just love watching him doing anything - the rebuilding New Orleans is just a bonus!!!!
I may be reading between the lines on this one, but my sense is that J K was not exactly thrilled with how her previous donation were spent, so she set up an entirely new source for her money to support MS research.
Given her fortune, let's hope that she is pleased with this and continues to give. This may just be seed money to get things started in a direction that meshes with her objectives.
This comes from one who has worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years which has given me an understanding of donors. The work doesn't make me rich, but it does enrich me in more ways than one can imagine.
Let's hope that I am correct in my take, because $15.5 million or 10 million British Pounds is only a fraction of her 500 million British Pound net worth.
Thanks for sharing this! I don't get a newspaper delivered as it was one of our cost cutting things the past few years (very expensive out here in the rural sticks) so if I don't catch something on the news or here I am clueless. No wait I'm always clueless, ha ha.
My grandfather was from Scotland so I think this is cool for MS and cool to be connected in some way since she has brought us back out in the spotlight in a big way.