Dolly Parton Donates $1M To Pediatric Infectious Disease Research


Dolly Parton has donated $1 million to pediatric infectious disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

VUMC's Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt said Wednesday.

"I love all children. No child should ever have to suffer, and I am willing to do my part to try and keep as many of them as healthy and safe as possible,"

Dolly Parton was quoted in a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) press release.

According to the press release, Vanderbilt's division of pediatric infectious diseases researches:

How viruses and bacteria cause disease, antibiotic resistance, preventing and treating infections in children with cancer,

Moreover, "research to define the impact of childhood infections throughout the world."

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

Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO of VUMC and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said in the press release.

"This new gift will bolster our defenses against future threats to the safety of this region and society."

"It speaks volumes about her passion for people; we could not be more thankful."

In April 2020, less than a month after Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic,

Dolly Parton donated $1 million to coronavirus research at Vanderbilt that helped fund Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine.

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