Dolly Parton Donates $1 Million To Vanderbilt To Aid Coronavirus Research


Dolly Parton. Photo: Rob Hoffman

You can add country legend Dolly Parton to the list of celebrity personalities pledging to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parton announced she is donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help fund research to help eradicate the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, there have been more than 887,000 confirmed cases around the world.

“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Parton said via Twitter. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”

Parton, who launched the Imagination Library in 1995 to help encourage a love of reading in children, recently revealed she will be reading bedtime stories through an online series, starting April 2 at 7 p.m. ET. To date, the initiative has mailed more than 133 million books to children.


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