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Old 08-31-2010, 08:49 AM
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Post J.K. Rowling donates £10 million to Edinburgh Multiple Sclerosis centre for research

J.K. Rowling donated £10 million to the Edinburgh Multiple Sclerosis centre, BBC News is reporting. The Harry Potter author said that the "funds were to help attract top researchers to seek a cure for MS."

Rowling's mother, Anne, died from complications of the disease in 1990, soon after she began writing the first book of the Harry Potter series, the Philosopher's Stone.

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, named in dedication to Rowling's late mother, "will aim to place patients at the heart of the research process."

For more information on MS, its symptoms, and causes, read here.

UPDATE: J.K. Rowling had more to say on why she chose to donate the money to the centre on behalf of her mother's memory.

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"I have just turned 45, the age at which my mother, Anne, died of complications related to her MS," Rowling said in a statement on Tuesday.

"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."

"I cannot think of anything more important, or of more lasting value, than to help the university attract world-class minds in the field on neuroregeneration, to build on its long and illustrious history of medical research and, ultimately, to seek a cure for a very Scottish disease," Rowling said.
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Oh god.

That's so generous of her. She's such a nice human being.
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It's really nice Jo!!
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Hopefully we'll get a cure, soon enough. With the way things are going in that field, it might (and hopefully will) be sooner than later.

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That is a lot of money!Nice work, Jo! You'll help soooo many people!
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That is very nice. Well done J.K.Rowling
I hope you publish soon the guide of Harry Potter that you promised a few years ago.
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Wow :O that's an awful lot of money, what a generous woman she is. Hope the money can make a big difference cos MS is a horrible disease.
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So nice of her to use her surplus in such a worthy cause.
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very generous....of course, this charity is close to her heart.
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It always makes me happy when celebrities donate lots of money to charities close to their hearts
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That's wonderful. She is such a generous woman.
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See, this is why I love Jo. She doesn't just hoard her money or blow it on yachts and mansions. She gives back, but doesn't seek attention for it. *luffs on Jo*
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She's so generous. That's an incredibly nice thing to do. thank you for helping out, Jo!
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This disease is one that eats away millions of people every year. I'm really glad she's donating and I really hope that it helps researchers in their work!
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Its about time these millionaires and billionaires stopped asking us poor people for donations and actually donated money they won't miss to whatever cause they are passionate about. I'm glad J.K. is leading the charge
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