Perhaps the most famous MS advocate today isn’t a patient, but the daughter of one. Author J.K. Rowling lost her mother to multiple sclerosis in 1990, something she describes as “an enormous shock.” In order to help fight and defeat this disease, she donated £10m to found the Anne Rowling Clinic in Edinburgh, Scotland, and since 2010, doctors and researchers there have been hard at work trying to cure MS and other neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
I am a long-time admirer of Ms. Rowling, and not just because of her philanthropic gestures. As a writer, I am amazed by a woman who, with only her words and imagination, created an entire literary universe and used it to become wealthier than the Queen of the U.K. Her wizarding world is populated by hundreds of characters of all shapes and sizes