Dolly Parton Donates $1 Million

Dolly Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help fund the fight against serious infectious diseases in children.

The funds will be used for pediatric infectious disease research, the university said in a press release.

“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,” Parton said in the release.

Parton’s fame grew even brighter during the pandemic after a $1 million donation to VUMC funded research that advanced the battle against COVID-19 — resulting in the Moderna vaccine.

The donation in April 2020 honored her friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad, a professor of surgery.

“We are deeply honored by Dolly’s contribution to our research mission,” said Mark Denison, MD, professor of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

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