Dolly Parton Donates $1 Million to Medical Research

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Parton made another generous donation to infectious disease research.

Besides being a famous musician and a generally likeable person, country-western star Dolly Parton is also known for being an exceptionally generous person. She regularly makes large monetary donations to various worthy causes, with one of her most recent contributions being a $1 million donation to COVID-19 vaccine development back in 2020.

Today, Parton has made yet another donation to further the cause of medical research, giving another $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee to research pediatric infectious diseases. Parton’s donation will aid in several ongoing efforts at the center, including determining the exact impact of certain childhood diseases and infections around the world and potential cures and treatments.

“No child should ever have to suffer,” Parton said in a press release. “I’m willing to do my part to try and keep as many of them as I can as healthy and safe as possible.”

“Dolly’s previous support to infectious disease research, and also our pediatric cancer program, has already saved countless lives,” said Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “This new gift will bolster our defenses against future threats to the safety of this region and society as a whole.”

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