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

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 University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the place “exciting advancements” in coronavirus analysis have been being made. The announcement got here at some point earlier than Thursday’s premiere of “Goodnight With Dolly,” a weekly kids’s video collection during which she reads totally different youngsters books as “a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest.”

In an Instagram put up Wednesday, Parton credited her “good friend” Dr. Naji Abumrad at Vanderbilt along 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 collection that debuted to nice acclaim final 12 months.

Appearing on “The Today Show” Thursday to advertise “Goodnight with Dolly,” Parton stated the elder Abumrad had been engaged on a “bridge treatment to save lives” as analysis right into a vaccine for COVID-19 continues to progress.

“Right now we need this,” she advised “The Today Show.” “Anybody that can afford it ― we’ve got more money than we’ve got time right now, so we need to find this treatment. So I just felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand.”

While fears over the coronavirus could also be stopping her from taking the stage, Parton can 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 Benefit For MusiCares,” which airs April 8, will characteristic video interviews and performances from a bevy of stars, together with Gavin DeGraw, Lady Antebellum and Lionel Richie.