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Dolly Parton donates $1million to research into children’s diseases

Singer-songwriter and philanthropist Dolly Parton is supporting research into children’s diseases because she says “no child should ever have to suffer”.

June 16, 2022
16 June 2022

Dolly Parton is donating $1million to paediatric infectious-disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville.

The gift is one of several the singer-songwriter has made to the centre over the years, including a $1million donation in April 2020 for Covid-vaccine research.

That gift helped Vanderbilt researchers test an array of drugs aimed at reducing the life-threatening symptoms associated with Covid-19, the centre said.

Researchers are also looking at entirely new therapies to both treat Covid-19 and prevent infection.

“No child should ever have to suffer. I’m willing to do my part to try and keep as many of them as I can as healthy and safe as possible.”

Dolly Parton

Parton’s new gift will support a variety of ongoing research at the medical centre, including understanding how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understanding and preventing antibiotic resistance, preventing and treating infections, diagnosing and treating infections in children with cancer, and gauging the impact of childhood infections throughout the world.

“Dolly’s previous support to infectious-disease research, and also our paediatric cancer program, has already saved countless lives,” said Dr Jeff Balser, president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Centre and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

“This new gift will bolster our defences against future threats to the safety of this region and society as a whole.”

Parton said she supports the work because she loves children.

“No child should ever have to suffer,” Parton said. “I’m willing to do my part to try and keep as many of them as I can as healthy and safe as possible.”

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