June 17, 2022

Dolly Parton Donates Big Bucks to Childhood Disease Research

Dolly Parton keeps doing all she can do, like donating to disease research.

On Wednesday, 15 June, the iconic “9 to 5” songstress gave away a cool $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee, to further research into infectious childhood diseases.

The VUMC’s Division of Paediatric Infectious Diseases seeks to further understanding on the causal link between viruses/bacteria and diseases; understanding and preventing antibiotic resistance; and the diagnosis and treatment of infections in children with cancer.

In a statement released on the same day, Parton said: “I love all children. No child should ever have to suffer, and I’m willing to do my part to try and keep as many of them as I can as healthy and safe as possible.”

This isn’t Parton’s first VUMC rodeo: she previously donated the same amount to them in 2020, in honour of a long-time friend, surgeon Naji Abumrad, to aid coronavirus research, which greatly contributed to the creation of the Moderna vaccine.

Jeff Balser, President and CEO of VUMC said: “Dolly’s previous support to infectious disease research, and also our paediatric cancer program, has already saved countless lives … It speaks volumes about her passion for people, and we couldn’t be more thankful.”

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