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William Barron Hilton  

William Barron HiltonAs former CEO of the Hilton Hotels Corporation and chairman emeritus of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Barron Hilton committed his life to philanthropy and helping improve the lives of those facing disadvantages throughout the world.
Between 2018 and 2019, Barron contributed a total of $27 million to the National MS Society, raising the Hilton Foundation’s total contributions to the Society to $71 million.
His generosity has helped fuel research and provide services for those affected by MS. Barron created the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA in honor of his wife, Marilyn, who lived with the disease. The Center empowers those living with multiple sclerosis to take control of their health and well-being by providing therapy and educational activities that complement ongoing medical treatments.

Sadly, Barron passed away in September 2019, but his generosity and leadership continues to change the lives of people affected by MS.

“The Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center has changed my life with MS because it helped me realize I can still do things that I thought I would have to give up because of MS.”

- Dawnia Baynes, diagnosed 2006  

Marilyn Hilton
Robert C. Collins, MD, Former Chairman of the UCLA Department of Neurology at UCLA (left) and Barron and Marilyn Hilton at the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA.


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