Dolly Parton To Donate $1 Million Toward Coronavirus Research At Tennessee Hospital

Written by on April 2, 2020

Ever the kindhearted famous person, Dolly Parton is discovering gracious methods to spend her money and time in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The nation music icon on Wednesday revealed plans to donate $1 million to the Vanderbilt College Medical Heart in Nashville, Tennessee, the place “thrilling developments” in coronavirus analysis have been being made. The announcement got here in the future earlier than Thursday’s premiere of “Goodnight With Dolly,” a weekly kids’s video sequence through which she reads completely different youngsters books as “a welcomed distraction throughout a time of unrest.”

In an Instagram publish Wednesday, Parton credited her “good good friend” Dr. Naji Abumrad at Vanderbilt together with his analysis on COVID-19, the illness brought on by the coronavirus. Their friendship dates again to 2014 when Parton was handled on the hospital after being concerned in a automotive accident. And Abumrad’s son, Radiolab host Jad Abumrad, interviewed Parton for “Dolly Parton’s America,” a nine-part podcast sequence that debuted to nice acclaim final yr.

Showing on “The Immediately Present” Thursday to advertise “Goodnight with Dolly,” Parton mentioned the elder Abumrad had been engaged on a “bridge therapy to avoid wasting lives” as analysis right into a vaccine for COVID-19 continues to progress.

“Proper now we want this,” she informed “The Immediately Present.” “Anyone that may afford it ― we’ve received extra money than we’ve received time proper now, so we have to discover this therapy. So I simply felt like this was the time for me to open my coronary heart and my hand.”

Whereas fears over the coronavirus could also be stopping her from taking the stage, Parton can also be slated to pay tribute to her longtime pal Kenny Rogers, who died March 20, subsequent week as a part of a CMT particular.

“CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Profit For MusiCares,” which airs April 8, will function video interviews and performances from a bevy of stars, together with Gavin DeGraw, Woman Antebellum and Lionel Richie. 

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