Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is "moved and elated" to see a multiple sclerosis clinic officially open today in the name of her late mother.
Opened by the Princess Royal (daughter to Queen Elizabeth II and the Chancellor of Edinburgh University), the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will research treatments for degenerative neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, autism and early on-set Alzheimer's disease.
The cause is dear to the author’s heart. Her own mother died of multiple sclerosis at age 45.
“I am moved and elated to see the Anne Rowling Clinic formally opened today by HRH The Princess Royal," she said.
She added: “Having observed the plans for the clinic develop and expand to fulfill the needs of patients, clinicians and researchers, I am now very proud to see the building finished and operating as the beating heart of this centre for excellence.”
J.K., who became one of Britain’s most wealthy private citizens after writing the wildly successful Harry Potter books, donated more than $16.5 million to help fund the hospital.
The 48-year-old novelist has also reportedly given upwards of $160 million to various charitable causes over the years.