Gillian Morrow

“The research needs to take place so people like me can be free. There are a lot of people out there who are depending on this research. It might be too late for me, but give for your grandchildren, so they don't have to endure the same struggles as me.”

These are the words of Gillian Morrow – a Nova Scotia woman who lived with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 20 years.  On June 14, 2019 Gilliam lost her long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 63.

The DMRF team grew to know Gillian well when, over five years ago, the Gillian’s Hope fund was set up at DMRF by Margot Spafford. Since this time, this fund has been supported by a number of donors. The funding has been used for a variety of research grants over the last number of years and going forward will support :

1) The Gillian’s Hope Clinical Fellowship in MS. The first Gillian’s Hope Fellow is Dr. Michael Thorne who will work with Dr. Sultan Darvesh on this research in MS starting in July.
2) The Gillian’s Hope Visiting Lecture in MS Research. In its inaugural year this event will be held on September 24th, 2019 at 6pm at Volta Labs.

Gillian lived vibrantly before and after her diagnosis. She believed passionaly in health research and never gave up hope that one day, there would be a cure for the disease that restricted her body, but never her spirit. We appreciate Gillian and the family she loved so dearly. Our sympathy and condolences to everyone who cared for this exceptional person. 

Many have inquired about leaving a gift in memory of Gillian, or to support Gillian's Hope. Simply follow this link or click the DONATE NOW button and choose the Gillian's Hope Fund

You can read Gillian's obituary here.