Dolly Parton donates $1 million to paediatric infectious disease research: 'No child should have to suffer'

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16 Jun 2022, 09:45

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Dolly Parton continues to prove her legend status with even more acts of generosity.

The iconic country artist has just donated $1 million (£826,000) to paediatric infectious disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville. 

The Centre is the same place the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made her incredible $1 million donation in April 2020 which went into COVID vaccine research. That money ultimately helped to create the Moderna jab. 

According to the medical facility, this new gift will help the Centre to understand “how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understanding and preventing resistance to antibiotics, preventing and treating infections, diagnosing and treating infections in children with cancer and research to define the impact of childhood infections throughout the world.”

In a statement on the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre website, Dolly said: “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.”

Mark Denison, MD professor of Paediatrics at Vanderbilt added: “We are deeply honoured by Dolly’s contribution to our research mission.

“For over 40 years our division has been a national and international leader in studies for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of life-threatening infections, and this gift will accelerate our work and support new ideas.”

After her 2020 gift to Vanderbilt helped create one of the vital vaccines in the fight against coronavirus, Dolly told The One Show she was “excited” to hear her money had gone into helping people around the world."

She said at the time: “I'm sure many millions of dollars from many people went into that, but I just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world.

“I'm a very proud girl today to know I had anything at all to do with something that's going to help us through this crazy pandemic." 

Elsewhere, Dolly is turning her attention to the big screen

The Hollywood Reporter have announced that Run, Rose, Rose, a movie adaptation of Dolly Parton and James Patterson's novel of the same name, has been picked up by Sony Pictures for cinema release.

Dolly will also be writing original songs for the movie. In March she released a companion album - her 48th studio album! - alongside the book.