Dolly Parton, the country music queen, has donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee, to support research on infectious disorders in children.
Parton told the VUMC Reporter, “I love all children.” “No child should ever have to suffer, and I’m determined to do everything I can to keep as many of them as healthy and safe as I can.”
The Money would go to the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease
Ongoing research in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases includes understanding how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understanding and preventing resistance to antibiotics, preventing and treating infections, diagnosing and treating infections in children with cancer and research to define the impact of childhood infections throughout the world.
Parton said at the time, “My longstanding friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, advised me that they were making some great advancements toward investigation of the coronavirus for a cure.”
Dolly Parton also donated $1 Million in April 2020
This isn’t the first time Parton has donated to the medical centre. According to Breitbart News, she gave VUMC $1 million in April 2020 for research towards a Chinese coronavirus treatment.
Parton’s 2020 commitment, according to Jeff Balser, MD, Ph.D., dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and president and CEO of VUMC, “has already saved numerous lives.”
“This new contribution will strengthen our defences against future threats to the region’s and society’s safety,” he added. “It speaks volumes about her compassion for others, and we are grateful.”
The “9 to 5” singer previously donated an undisclosed amount to the Vanderbilt Pediatric Cancer Program, as his niece is a leukaemia survivor treated at Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital.
The charity of Dolly Parton has been well documented. According to Breitbart News, the ten-time Grammy Award winner and her company “raised $700,000 to help” flood victims in central Tennessee last October.