The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee, is receiving a $1 million donation from country music icon Dolly Parton to further research on infectious diseases in children.
“I love all children,” Parton told the VUMC Reporter. “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.”
The Reporter noted that funds would go to the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease, which is presently conducting a variety of research:
Ongoing research in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases includes understanding how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understanding and preventing resistance to antibiotics, preventing and treating infections, diagnosing and treating infections in children with cancer and research to define the impact of childhood infections throughout the world.
The “9 to 5” singer — whose niece is a leukemia survivor treated at Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital — previously contributed an unspecified amount to the Vanderbilt Pediatric Cancer Program.
Parton’s philanthropy has been well documented. Last October, the ten-time Grammy Award winner and her business “raised $700,000 to help” flood victims in central Tennessee, Breitbart News reported.
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