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About the Foundation

About the Foundation           

The Wilson Research Foundation was established in 1989 with a seed gift by the H.F. McCarty Jr. Family. The Foundation is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and serves as the “fundraising arm” of Methodist Rehab. 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 overcome disabling obstacles.  

Our Mission

From the very beginning, the Foundation’s focus has been to build a research and education program to establish a rehabilitation center of excellence. The very best hospitals are research centers, allowing us to attract clinicians and researches who work side by side to move research 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 300 clinical (human) research studies in publication. Learn more about our research here.

Your gifts help patients recover to their potential. In the past year alone, more than 500 persons and businesses made gifts to support this life-changing work. And the Foundation needs to raise a minimum of $1 Million annually 2021-2023 to meet the center's research and education needs. This will provide stable funding to retain and expand our team of research scientists, and help us purchase groundbreaking technology. Most of all, your gifts are an investment in the patients at MRC -- everyday Mississippians who are able to get back to their lives with your help.   

The Walk & Roll for Research is a low-impact (1-2 mile) annual benefit for the Foundation that celebrates the abilities and mobility gained by patients. The walk is a great way to honor those who overcome disabling obstacles daily. Visit our Walk website here.

Giving Levels

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:

Virginia Wilson Mounger (chair)*
Sam Lane (vice chair and fundraising 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*
Lyn McMillin
Cy Rosenblatt
Robert Smith, MD
Marion Wofford, 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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