Monday, September 20, 2010

J.K. Rowling, Philanthropist

Most of us are familiar with J.K. Rowling as the author of the phenomenally popular and successful Harry Potter series of books (and movies). However, Ms. Rowling is now making news for a different reason: she has just donated $15.4 million to to found a clinic at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland that will offer treatment of and research into multiple sclerosis, the disease to which she lost her mother.

CBS reports Rowling, a longtime Edinburgh resident, as saying that she had "...been looking for a way to give something meaningful back to the city for a long time..," and that she could not "...think of anything more important, or of more lasting value, than to help the university..." CBS also notes that Rowling has attributed one of the Potter books' main themes, that of a child dealing with loss, to the death of her mother, for whom the clinc will be named.

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