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Dolly Parton donates $1M to Medical research

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Singer Dolly Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for pediatric infectious disease research, the hospital announced Wednesday.

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Parton previously donated to the medical center in April 2020 to help fund COVID-19 vaccine research. 

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"Dolly’s previous support to infectious disease research, and also our pediatric cancer program, has already saved countless lives,"

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Parton's donation will fund further research in understanding how bacteria and viruses cause disease as well as diagnosing and treating infections

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 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

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Parton's prior donation was made in honor of her longtime friend, Naji Abumrad, MD, professor of Surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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That donation helped fund research teams working to increase knowledge on the coronavirus. 

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She has previously donated to "the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Save the Music Foundation, the Boot Campaign" and others, according to Billboard. 

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