Dolly Parton Donates $1 Million to Vanderbilt Hospital, Aiding Ongoing Research For Coronavirus Cure

Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton performs onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles. 

Dolly Parton continues to provide light amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The beloved country music star has revealed that she has donated $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt hospital in an effort to encourage others to do the same to help aid research to find a cure for the coronavirus.

"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 shared on Twitter on Wednesday morning (April 1). “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”

Recently, countless country artists joined forces to share their admiration to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) staff in the form of a new campaign titled Gratitunes, a consumer-generated music platform created to celebrate and thank members of the VUMC family through the power of music during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As if donating $1 million isn’t enough, Parton has continually encouraged fans to “keep the faith” amid the coronavirus crisis on social media. Earlier this week, she even announced that she’ll be taking part in a new bedtime stories video series Goodnight With Dolly, where the country singer will read bedtime stories to viewers.