Dolly Parton donates $1m to pediatric infectious disease research
The country music artist has given $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for paediatric infectious disease research, and it's a big deal
The gift will aid doctors in their research into "how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understanding and preventing antibiotic resistance, preventing and treating infections
diagnosing and treating infections in children with cancer, and research to define the impact of childhood infections around the world," according to the centre.
Parton told Vanderbilt University, "I love all children." "No child should ever have to suffer, and I'm determined to do everything I can to keep as many of them as healthy and safe as I can."
If this seems familiar, it's because the music legend earlier donated $1 million from her lucrative career to the same organisation, which was used to help fund Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, which was given to the general public in 2020.
Parton told Today that once the contribution paid off, "I'm really glad that whatever I do can benefit someone else. When I gave to the COVID fund, all I wanted was for it to do good, which it clearly does. Let's hope we can find a cure soon."
The singer/songwriter of "Jolene" has made a habit of donating a percentage of her estimated $350 million wealth to issues she cares about, such as healthcare, education, and equality.
In December 2021, she told People, "I'm kind of addicted to the sense of giving." "Knowing that I'm making a difference in someone else's life."
However, Parton stated at the time that she is uncomfortable when her contributions are highlighted. She almost didn't sit for the interview with the magazine, where she was being hailed as one of the year's most influential persons.
She clarified, "I am not all that." "I'm pleased I stand for enough things to not be the worst person on the planet."
Parton added that she doesn't want to be idolised because of what she reads in the Bible, which she sees occurring with some celebrities. However, she considers it "amazing" if she can set an example.