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About the Foundation

About the Foundation           

The Wilson Research Foundation was established with a seed gift by the H.F. McCarty Jr. Family. The Foundation is a 501(3)(c) charity and serves as MRC's fundraising arm. Mr. McCarty asked that the Foundation be named to honor Earl R. Wilson, founding chairman of MRC, and his wife Martha, for their tireless work helping Mississippians reclaim their lives after a life changing illness or injury. 

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From the very beginning, the Foundation’s focus has been to build a research and education program to advance the clinical practice of neurorehabilitation. At Methodist, clinicians and researchers work side by side to move discoveries quickly into clinical practice. Therapists learn advanced techniques and patients benefit directly from access to the research labs. And this is at no cost to the patients. The impact is local and global, with more than 325 human studies in publication.  

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $1 Million annually 2023-2025 to support and expand our talented team of problem-solving investigators. Your gifts will also help us provide advanced education and groundbreaking technology. Most of all, your gifts are an investment in the recovery potential of MRC patients.    

The Walk & Roll for Research is our annual public benefit, a low-impact walk that celebrates the abilities and mobility gained by patients. You can be a corporate sponsor or simply make a gift in honor of a team or individual. To walk with us, start a team or join a team. Visit our Walk website here.

Gift Acceptance: The Foundation's officers serve as the Gift Acceptance Committee, reserving the right to decline any gift not consistent with our mission or values, a gift that may have liabilities, or a gift that we feel would be too difficult or time consuming to manage or divest. Also, at this time, the Foundation is not set up to receive cryptocurrency donations. 

Giving Levels Honored in our Publications and on the wall of the MRC Atrium

Visionaries $500,000 +
Pillars $200,000 - $499,999
Pioneers $85,000 - $199,999
Sustainers $25,000 - $84,999
Partners $5,000 - $24,999
Fellows $1,000 - $4,999
Friends Up to $1,000


The Wilson Research Foundation is led by a Board of Governors appointed by the MRC Trustees:

Marion Wofford, MD (acting chair)*
Dave Robinson (secretary)
Gene Delcomyn (treasurer)
Chris Blount (executive director/ex officio)
Kelley Walton Fenelon
Mary Helen McCarty Griffis
Matthew Holleman III*
Katy Houston
Tish Hughes*
Sam Lane*
Lyn McMillin
Cy Rosenblatt
Robert Smith, MD
*Indicates concurrent members of the MRC Board of Trustees
Wilson Research Foundation
Chris Blount, Executive Director
Office: (601) 364-3598
Mailing Address:
1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson, MS 39216

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