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Dolly Parton donates $1 million to pediatric infectious disease research

Newsman: The country superstar’s who is already famous for her generous spirit, Music icon Dolly Parton has donated $1 million to support pediatric infectious disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“I love children,” Dolly said in a statement. “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.”

Her donation will support the fight against diseases such as COVID-19 as well as help researchers prevent and understand antibiotic resistance and diagnose and treat infections in children who are fighting cancer.

Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2020 to help researchers develop the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. She has also made major contributions to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Pediatric Cancer Program.

Dolly Parton established the Imagination Library in 1995 as a way to promote literacy, gifting a free book each month to children under 5 years old. Since its founding, the program has donated more than 150 million books to kids around the world.

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