Dolly Parton is the country gift that keeps on giving.
The legend of “9 to 5” donated $1 million to pediatric infectious disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the organization announced Wednesday.
According to the center, the donation will help doctors in their research to understand “how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understand and prevent antibiotic resistance, prevent and treat infections, diagnose and treat infections in children with cancer. and research to define the impact of childhood infections across the world.
The country legend hinted at doing what she can to end the suffering of children in a statement.
“I love all children. No child should ever have to suffer, and I’m willing to do my part to try to keep as many of them healthy and safe as possible,” Parton said.
This isn’t the first time Parton, 76, has graciously helped Vanderbilt. Fans joked that she “cured the coronavirus” when she donated $1 million to scientists involved in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials in April 2020.
“I knew something bad was on the rise and I just wanted to help out in some way,” Parton told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.
“Mine was a small part, of course. I probably get a lot more credit than I deserve,” she added of her involvement in the vaccine. “I was happy to be a part of this and to be able to try and stop something in its tracks that has really become such a monster for all of us.”
Over the years, Parton has used his estimated net worth of $375 million to give back to causes related to health, education and equality.
In 1995, she founded Imagination Library, which has donated nearly 170 million books to children under 5.
“I’m kind of addicted to the feeling of giving,” she told People in December 2021. “Knowing that I’m doing something good for someone else.”
The modest and cautious mogul was reportedly forced to decline the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice due to scheduling conflicts during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I couldn’t take it because my husband was sick and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t be traveling because of COVID,” Parton said in February 2021.
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